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Extrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - Treatment Options for Extrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer

Localized Extrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer

Treatment of localized extrahepatic bile duct cancer may include the following:

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  • Stent placement or biliary bypass to relieve blockage of the bile duct may be done before surgery to relieve jaundice.
  • Surgery, with or without external-beam radiation therapy.

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with localized extrahepatic bile duct cancer. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

Unresectable, Recurrent, or Metastatic Extrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer

Treatment of unresectable, recurrent, or metastatic extrahepatic bile duct cancer is usually within a clinical trial. Treatment may include the following:

  • Stent placement or biliary bypass with or without internal or external radiation therapy, as palliative treatment to relieve symptoms and improve the quality of life.
  • Chemotherapy.
  • A clinical trial of new ways to give palliative radiation therapy, such as combining it with hyperthermia therapy, radiosensitizers, or chemotherapy.
  • A clinical trial of new drugs and drug combinations.

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with unresectable extrahepatic bile duct cancer, recurrent extrahepatic bile duct cancer and metastatic extrahepatic bile duct cancer. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Public Information from the National Cancer Institute

    Last Updated: September 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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