What is it?

Cholangiocarcinoma, or bile duct cancer, is a type of cancer that forms in the slender tubes. The bile ducts connect the liver to the gallbladder and the small intestine. Risk factors include older age, primary sclerosing cholangitis, chronic liver disease, congenital bile duct problems, liver parasite, smoking, diabetes and some genetic conditions.
There are three types of bile duct cancer- intrahepatic, hilar, and distal, depending on the location of the ducts.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Cholangiocarcinoma

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms include jaundice, itchy skin, white stools, fatigue, abdominal pain, weight loss, fever, night sweats, and dark urine.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include liver function tests, tumor marker tests, ERCP, and a biopsy. Then, to evaluate the extent of the cancer, other imaging tests may include CT, MRI and PET.


Treatment depends on the cancer’s stage, the patient’s overall health and prefecrences. It may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, surgery and liver transplant.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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