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This form of bile duct cancer is usually caused by epithelial cells that get mutated for some reason. This cancer ends up draining the bile or essential fluid from the liver right into the small intestine. Jaundice, pain in the abdomen, itching sensation and changes in the colour of the stool and urine are some of the most common symptoms of this condition.
HOW IS CHOLANGIOCARCINOMA DIAGNOSED?
The condition is diagnosed with the help of various ultrasounds and imaging scans including an abdominal ultrasound, CT scan or an MRI. An oncologyspecialist may also require a biopsy or an endoscopic scan based on the condition and need for further investigation.
HOW IS CHOLANGIOCARCINOMA TREATED?
The treatment will be based on the administration of adjuvant chemotherapy as well as radiation by the Oncologist. Palliative chemotherapy will be required for patients who are already in very advanced stages of the disease.
DID YOU KNOW?
Surgical resection offers the only potential chance of cure in cholangiocarcinoma.