Bile duct cancer is rare. The tumors grow in and block the ducts that carry bile from the liver to the small intestine. They tend to grow slowly and do not spread quickly. Treatment options vary depending on the tumor's size and stage and include:
- Surgery: If tumors are small and caught early, your doctor may be able to eliminate all of the cancer cells by removing part of the bile duct. If the cancer has advanced, your doctor may need to remove some liver tissue, as well. Bile duct cancer surgery may be performed in conjunction with radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or both.
- Ablation: Ablation aims high levels of heat at the tumor to destroy its cancerous cells.
As with all of our treatment teams, our gastrointestinal surgical oncology team is dedicated to working closely with you and your family in healing and recovery.