Bile ducts are located near the major blood vessels that feed the liver, making tumor removal by surgery quite challenging. Therefore, it is essential to seek out a specialized cancer center for such complex surgery.
Our surgeons are experts in the intricate procedures for treating bile duct cancer. And our world-class staff can answer your questions, address your concerns and deliver a personalized treatment plan with the most innovative, leading-edge therapies available anywhere.
Bile is a fluid secreted by the liver to help digest food, and bile ducts are the tiny tubes in and around the liver that carry this fluid to the small intestine. Cancer of the bile ducts occurs when cells in these tubes become abnormal and grow uncontrollably.
The bile ducts are located deep within the body, making it difficult to detect early tumors during a standard physical. In addition, there are no reliable screening options for bile duct cancer, so it tends to be diagnosed at later stages when cancer has grown and spread.
Every patient is different, with different needs. 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. Those options may include surgery, drug therapy, radiation therapy or clinical trials.
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 duct cancer diagnosis and treatment.
With our specialized therapy protocols and an extensive program of clinical trials, newly diagnosed or relapsed bile duct patients can find a treatment regimen tailored to their needs and give them the best chance for survival.
Our Program Highlights:
State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging and mapping tools
Renowned surgeons with specialized bile duct cancer expertise
Robotically assisted surgery using the da Vinci system
City of Hope's Yuman Fong, M.D., is an internationally recognized expert in cancer of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts. He has led the research effort to employ genetically modified viruses to destroy cancer cells.
Finly Zachariah, M.D., specializes in the palliative medicine at City of Hope cancer research hospital, helping patients with their supportive care needs, from pain control to the many issues involved in hospice and end-of-life care.