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 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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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

Klatskin cancer

Klatskin tumor

Klatskin tumour


Cancer of the ampulla of Vater

Tumour of the ampulla of Vater

Tumor of the ampulla of Vater

Ampullary cancer

Ampullary tumour

Ampullary tumor

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.

Surgical interventions

Procedures involving instrumental means to investigate or treat a cancer, or to improve the body’s functions or appearance. Generally, a surgical intervention involves an incision. More


Medical use of high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells and reduce tumor size. More

Registered drugs

Anti-cancer drugs with market authorization in the USA or in countries of the European Union. More

Energy based therapies

Use of electromagnetic energy including electricity, magnetic fields, radio waves, microwaves, infrared rays and light to diagnose or treat disease.

Clinical trials

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.