Bile Duct Cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma) Bile duct cancer is a rare disease, accounting for 10 to 20 percent of all liver cancers. It may cause symptoms such as jaundice, itching, abdominal…
Bile duct cancer is a rare form of cancer that begins in the bile ducts. The bile ducts are part of the digestive system and carry bile from the liver to the small intestine. Bile is a fluid made by the liver that helps with digestion.
Most bile duct cancers are adenocarcinomas, which means they start in cells that line the inside of the bile ducts. Other types of bile duct cancer include cholangiocarcinomas and sarcomas.
Symptoms of bile duct cancer can include jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes), itching, light-colored stools, dark urine, abdominal pain, weight loss, and fatigue.
Bile duct cancer is usually diagnosed with imaging tests such as CT or MRI scans. A biopsy may also be done to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment for bile duct cancer can include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or targeted therapy.