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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is biliary tract cancer?

Cancer of the bile ducts connecting the liver to the gut. Risk factors include genetic conditions and chronic infection with liver worms (flukes).

Symptoms of biliary tract cancer

  • Skin or eyes turning yellow

  • Fatigue

  • Right upper abdominal pain

  • Skin Itching

  • Abdominal pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for biliary tract cancer

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose biliary tract cancer

  • Have you noticed your eyes or skin are turning yellow?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

  • Do you have pain in the upper right area of your abdomen (stomach)?

  • Do you have itchy skin?

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

Treatment for biliary tract cancer

This usually requires a specialist to confirm the diagnosis. The choice of treatment depends on stage, location and other factors. Options include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. If the bile duct is blocked, a stent or tube may be inserted to bypass the blockage.

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References

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  • Nara S, Esaki M, Ban D, Takamoto T, Shimada K, Ioka T, Okusaka T, Ishii H, Furuse J. Adjuvant and neoadjuvant therapy for biliary tract cancer: a review of clinical trials. Jpn J Clin Oncol. 2020 Dec 16;50(12):1353-1363. doi: 10.1093/jjco/hyaa170. PMID: 33037430.

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  • Lamarca A, Barriuso J, McNamara MG, Valle JW. Molecular targeted therapies: Ready for "prime time" in biliary tract cancer. J Hepatol. 2020 Jul;73(1):170-185. doi: 10.1016/j.jhep.2020.03.007. Epub 2020 Mar 12. PMID: 32171892.

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