Bile duct cancer
This definition is based on information by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). We only provide general information and advice from medical professionals should be followed. More information is available on the NCI-website at www.cancer.gov. Last updated: August 2015.
Cancer that forms in a bile duct. A bile duct is a tube that carries bile between the liver and gallbladder and the intestine. Bile is fluid made by the liver that digests fat. Bile ducts include the common hepatic, cystic, and common bile ducts. Bile duct cancer may be found inside the liver (intrahepatic) or outside the liver (extrahepatic).
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Standard of care
Bile duct cancer
Bile duct tumour
Bile duct tumor
Cancer of the bile duct
Tumour of the bile duct
Tumor of the bile duct
Biliary duct cancer
Biliary duct tumour
Biliary duct tumor
Cancer of the ampulla of Vater
Tumour of the ampulla of Vater
Tumor of the ampulla of Vater
Therapies by type
The following list of treatments is based on what we have found in scientific studies about cancer. More information about the listed therapies can be found under the tab THERAPIES. For registered drugs, radiotherapy and surgical interventions, approval by the authorities is given.
Energy based therapies
Use of electromagnetic energy including electricity, magnetic fields, radio waves, microwaves, infrared rays and light to diagnose or treat disease.
A clinical trial is a research study conducted with patients to evaluate whether a new treatment is safe (safety) and whether it works (efficacy). Clinical trials are performed to test the efficacy of drugs but also non-drug treatments such as radiotherapy or surgery and combinations of different treatments. Clinical trials take place in all kinds of hospitals and clinics, but mostly in academic hospitals. They are organized by researchers and doctors.
The Anticancer Fund provides a tool to search for phase III clinical trials by type of cancer and by country. For Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, France and the UK, the Anticancer Fund provides contacts to get more information about the phase III clinical trials currently ongoing. Discuss the possibilities of participating in one of these clinical trials with your doctor.
The list of the phase III clinical trials for bile duct cancer is available here.