Bile Duct Cancer
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Hoag Bile Duct Cancer Program
Put Cancer in Your Past
Bile duct cancer describes a type of cancer that forms in the bile ducts (slender tubes) that carry the digestive fluid bile through the liver. Bile duct cancer is also referred to as cholangiocarcinoma.
There are two major types of bile duct tumors:
Distal bile duct tumors: Tumors affecting the bottom half of the bile duct, which is associated with the pancreas
Klatskin’s tumors: Tumors affecting the upper part of the bile duct, which is associated with the liver
Top Survival Rates
Hoag continually exceeds national cancer survival rates, illustrating that where you receive your care can lead to better outcomes.
Risk Factors for Bile Duct Cancer
Risk factors for bile duct cancer include:
- Individuals over the age of 65
- Family history of bile duct cancer
- Chronic inflammation of the bile ducts (bile duct stones)
- Primary sclerosing cholangitis
- Ulcerative colitis
- Parasitic infection (liver fluke, Clonorchis sinesis and Opistorchis viverrini, which are common in Asia and the Middle East)
- Exposure to certain hazardous chemicals, including radon, asbestos, dioxins and thorotrast
Symptoms of Bile Duct Cancer
Often, bile duct cancer does not cause symptoms during early stages. However, as the disease progresses, symptoms may included:
- Jaundice or yellowing of the skin
- Generalized itching
- Loss of appetite
- Unexplained weight loss
- Low grade fever
- Vague abdominal pain
- Light colored stools
Expert care you can trust
Hoag Family Cancer Institute's team of multidisciplinary GI cancer experts includes hepatobiliary surgeons, medical oncologists, hepatologists, radiation oncologists and interventional radiologists who work together to thoroughly review and determine the best treatment option suited to each individual patient.
Innovative Treatment Options Tailored to the Patient
Your care team then carefully tailors a personalized treatment plan to effectively achieve the best possible outcome for the patient. This emphasis on a collaborative, comprehensive approach to patient-centered care is why Hoag patient outcomes rank are among the nation’s best. Treatment may entail non-surgical options, to surgical approaches, all delivered by an expert team.
Bile Duct Cancer Nurse Navigator
A clinical nurse navigator serves an important role as facilitator and guide for patients, providing resources, access to clinical providers and answering questions throughout the cancer journey.
Meet the Team
Your multidisciplinary bile duct cancer team at Hoag will guide you every step of the way through your care. We are here for you.
We are here for you
Cancer care is a journey, one taken by you, your family and friends, and alongside Hoag. Hoag Family Cancer Institute can pair you with a dedicated clinical nurse navigator to support you with resources, connections to providers, and most importantly, help make you feel like you again.