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How does surgery affect people with extrahepatic bile duct cancer?

Surgery is probably the best chance someone has to beat extrahepatic bile duct cancer. This type of cancer doesn't respond well to chemotherapy, and while there are some procedures to ease the symptoms of extrahepatic bile duct cancer, the best possible long-term treatment is surgery. But the surgery can be extensive. Depending on how many organs are involved, new ducts will need to be created from existing healthy tissue. There may need to be a bypass procedure to allow bile to get from the gall bladder to the small intestine. The more prolonged a surgical procedure, the more there are risks involved with the actual surgery.

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