Bile Duct Cancers
Cancer arising from the bile duct system in the liver are called cholangiocarcinoma. These cancers are very rare in incidence. The most common presentation of bile duct cancer is painless jaundice, itching and weight loss. Surgical resection of the bile duct cancer is the only curative option. Our Surgical tream will discuss with you in details of the diangosis and treatement.
Main modalities in the diagnosis of bile duct cancer includes MRI, ERCP , Percutaneous Transhepatic cholangiogram. These studies help determine whether or not if the cancer is resectable. Often times, chemotherapy and radiation therapy is recommended if the tumor is borderline resectable before a surgical resection can be achieved.
Based on the location, different operations are recommended. For distal bile duct cancer, Whipple procedure is recommended. For middle bile duct, extrahepatic biliary recection is treatment. For more proximal bile duct tumor, liver resection may be recommended.
We recommend all patients with bile duct cancers to undergo chemotherapy regardless of tumor staging.
Bile duct resection is a very tedious operation and requires advanced training. The Surgeons at St. Joseph Hospital are among the handful of surgeons who are trained to perform this operation on West Coast of Florida. A large number of cases we see and our expertise makes the complication rate very low.
Please call us 813-879-5010 if you or your family member has recently been diagnosed with bile duct cancer. If you already have an advise and want to seek our opinion for second, please call our office.