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What is bile duct cancer?

Ajay K. Sahajpal, MD
Transplant Surgery

Bile duct cancer, or cholangiocarcinoma, is a type of cancer that occurs or starts in the bile duct. Typically, this term refers to the extrahepatic (outside) bile duct as it travels from the liver through the pancreas to the duodenom. This type of cancer is managed differently depending on whether it is closer to the liver or to the pancreas.

Bile duct cancer is a type of cancer that forms in a bile duct. A bile duct is a tube that carries bile (fluid made by the liver that helps digest fat) between the liver and gallbladder and the intestine. Bile ducts include the common hepatic, cystic, and common bile ducts. Bile duct cancer may be found inside the liver (intrahepatic) or outside the liver (extrahepatic).

This answer is based on source information from National Cancer Institute.

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