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What should you expect if you have bile duct cancer?

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The chances of successfully treating this type of cancer depend on its location and how far along it is when you’re diagnosed. The bile duct is deep within your body, so unlike other cancers you won’t see or feel problems in the early stages. There are no good screening tests, so most cases aren’t found until after the tumors are big enough to cause symptoms. Only a small number of bile duct cancers are found early enough to be completely removed by surgery.

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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