Cholangiocarcinoma is a type of cancer that forms in bile ducts, the slender tubes that carry the digestive fluid bile. Bile ducts connect the liver to the gallbladder and to the small intestine. Cholangiocarcinoma, also known as bile duct cancer, occurs mostly in people older than age 50, though it can occur at any age.

Bile duct cancer is often treatable. But it can be difficult to treat.
  • Symptoms
  • Yellow eyes or skin

    or Itchy skin

    • Occurs or worsens at night, At palms and soles

    or Dark urine

    or Poop with light color


    Weight loss


    Abdominal pain

    • In the upper right region, Chronic or persistent pain, Located in middle upper region



    • Greater than or equal to 38°C (100.4°F)

    • Less than 38°C (100. 4°F)


    or Excessive sweating

    • Occurs or worsens at night

    or Poor appetite

    Abdominal mass

    • Painless, Right upper quadrant

  • Risk factors
  • Liver worms


    History of primary sclerosing cholangitis

    Inflammation of the colon

    Liver cirrhosis

    or Viral infection causing liver inflammation and damage


    Cystic fibrosis

    Overweight or obese

    Alcohol consumption

  • Treatment
  • Cholangiocarcinoma is typically incurable at diagnosis which is why early detection is ideal. In these cases, palliative treatments may include surgical resection, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and stenting procedures.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Cholangiocarcinoma, then a visit to a gastroenterologist is highly recommended.

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