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It is possible that the main title of the report Cholangiocarcinoma is not the name you expected.

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General Discussion


Cholangiocarcinomas are cancers that arise from the cells lining the bile duct. They are grouped according to the location from which they arise as intrahepatic (arising from the bile ducts inside the liver) perihilar (arising from the bile ducts where they exit the liver) or distal (arising from the bile ducts outside the liver). Gallbladder cancers are also biliary tract cancers, but arise from the cells lining the inside of the gallbladder. More than 95% of tumors arising from the biliary tract are a type of cancer called adenocarcinomas[1]. The majority of patients with bile duct cancers are diagnosed when the cancer is far too advanced to be removed by surgery. In some patients, even if the cancer cannot be removed by surgery, an operation may be needed to relieve jaundice or blockage of the stomach outlet[2]. In patients in whom the cancer is diagnosed at an early stage where surgery is possible, complex operating techniques are often required and surgery should be performed by a specialist surgeon with expertise and experience in dealing with patients with bile duct cancers[3].

Supporting Organizations

American Cancer Society, Inc.

250 Williams NW St
Ste 6000
Atlanta, GA 30303
Tel: (404)320-3333
Tel: (800)227-2345

Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation

5526 West 13400 South, #510
Salt Lake City, UT 84096
Tel: (801)999-0455

National Cancer Institute

6116 Executive Blvd Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20892-8322
Tel: (301)435-3848
Tel: (800)422-6237

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

1010 Wayne Avenue
7th Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Tel: (301)650-9127
Fax: (301)565-9670
Tel: (888)650-9127

TargetCancer Foundation

955 Massachusetts Avenue, #343
Cambridge, MA 02139
Tel: 617-765-4881

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Last Updated:  11/18/2014
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