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What questions should I ask my doctor if I am diagnosed with bile duct cancer?

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Ask your doctor: 

• Where is my cancer?  • Has it spread beyond the bile duct?  • What stage is it?  • Do you think you’ll be able to remove it completely through surgery?  • What are my treatment choices? What do you recommend and why? • How much experience do you have treating this cancer?  • Should I get a second opinion?  • What’s the goal of my treatment plan?  • What are the risks and side effects of the treatment?  • How will treatment affect my daily life?  • What are the chances my cancer will return after treatment?  • If it recurs or if treatment doesn’t work, what else can we do?  • What type of follow-up care will I need?   












From: Cholangiocarcinoma (Bile Duct Cancer) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Bile Duct Cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma),” “What is bile duct cancer?” “Signs and symptoms of bile duct cancer,” “How is bile duct cancer diagnosed?” “What should you ask your doctor about bile duct cancer?” “Surgery for bile duct cancer.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Bile Duct Cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma).”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Can I Survive Bile Duct Cancer? What Is My Prognosis?”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 9, 2020

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Bile Duct Cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma),” “What is bile duct cancer?” “Signs and symptoms of bile duct cancer,” “How is bile duct cancer diagnosed?” “What should you ask your doctor about bile duct cancer?” “Surgery for bile duct cancer.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Bile Duct Cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma).”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Can I Survive Bile Duct Cancer? What Is My Prognosis?”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 9, 2020

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