Bile duct cancer
The goal is to treat the
Chemotherapy or radiation may be given after surgery to decrease the risk of the cancer returning. However, the benefit of this treatment is not certain.
You can ease the stress of illness by joining a
Hospice is often a good resource for patients with cholangiocarcinoma that cannot be cured.
Completely removing the tumor allows 30 - 40% of patients to survive for at least 5 years, with the possibility of a complete cure.
If the tumor cannot be completely removed, a cure is generally not possible. With treatment, about half of these patients live a year, and about half live longer.
- Liver failure
- Spread (
metastasis) of tumor to other organs
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if you have jaundice or other symptoms of cholangiocarcinoma.