Cancer of the bile ducts – the tubes which carry bile from the liver and gallbladder to the small intestine - is a very rare disease, striking about 2500 Americans each year, mostly older adults.
Bile duct tumors tend to grow slowly and spread gradually. However, this disease is difficult to detect early because bile ducts are deep inside the body where tumors cannot be felt during a physical exam. Symptoms typically don't develop until the tumors have grown significantly or a bile duct is blocked.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with bile duct cancer, or you suspect you may have the disease, talk to us. It's important to learn about your options and take action right away.
Removing bile duct tumors surgically is challenging because bile ducts are located near the major blood vessels that feed the liver. It's essential to seek out a specialized cancer center for such complex surgery. City of Hope surgeons are experts in the intricate procedures required to treat bile duct cancer. Our world-class staff can answer your questions, address your concerns, and deliver a personalized treatment plan with the most innovative, cutting-edge therapies available anywhere.
At City of Hope, we are committed to treating the whole person, body and soul. We have an unmatched reputation for coordinated, compassionate care. We bring together a broad array of cancer expertise from multiple disciplines, all under one roof:
Plus, your supportive care continues long after treatment is complete. Our specialists will help you adjust to post-treatment diet and lifestyle changes, and our unique family and survivorship programs will assist your loved ones.
Nationally Ranked Cancer Center
As one of a handful of institutes to attain the elite designation of Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute , City of Hope is acknowledged as a leader in bile duct cancer research and treatment. With our decades of experience, specialized therapy protocols and extensive program of clinical trials, newly diagnosed or relapsed patients can find a treatment regimen that is tailored to their needs and gives them the best chance for survival. U.S. News & World Report also named City of Hope as one of the top cancer hospitals in the country.
City of Hope’s renowned physicians and researchers utilize the latest in technology and innovation to treat cancer, coupled with our enduring belief in providing unparalleled compassionate care. If you have been diagnosed with bile duct cancer or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment, request an appointment online or contact us at 800-826-HOPE. Please visit Making Your First Appointment for more information.
Every patient is different, with different needs. City of Hope treats you as a valued individual. Our entire team works together to bring you precise, state-of-the-art surgical, radiation, drug and other therapy options that will deliver the best outcome for you. We support you every step of the way, both during treatment and long after, helping you and your loved ones manage your recovery.
Highlights of City of Hope's bile duct cancer treatment program include:
Learn more about diagnostic tests and treatment options for bile duct cancer, including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and stent placement (if cancer is clogging the bile duct and needs to be unblocked)
Through our clinical trials program – one of the most extensive in the nation – bile duct cancer patients can often access promising new anticancer drugs and technologies not available elsewhere.
When you come to City of Hope, you automatically gain access to an unparalleled array of support services to help you and your family cope with each challenge in your bile cancer diagnosis and treatment. We can help with all of these concerns, and more: