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The bile ducts are the tubes that take bile from the liver and pass it to the small bowel. Two bile ducts are connected to the liver and one is connected to the gallbladder. These three ducts join to form the common bile duct which then connects to the small bowel and meets the pancreatic duct.
Bile duct cancer can start anywhere along the bile ducts. It has different names depending on where it starts, and symptoms depend on where it grows.
The different types of bile duct cancers include:
Bile duct cancer symptoms can include:
There are a number of conditions that may cause these symptoms, not just bile duct cancer. If any of these symptoms are experienced, it is important that they are discussed with a doctor.
Diagnosing bile duct cancer
To successfully diagnose bile duct cancer several procedures may be used, including:
The two most common types of treatment for bile duct cancer are surgery and radiation therapy.
Types of surgery used to treat bile duct cancer will depend on the spread of the disease, and include:
1 in 3
men will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 75
is the leading cause of death of children by disease
1 in 4
women will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 75
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Cancer in Australia 2017, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
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