Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancers
Gallbladder and bile duct cancers are rare and complex diseases that require highly specialized services for both diagnosis and treatment. Roswell Park offers an entire team of hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB) experts who care for patients with biliary tract cancers such as gallbladder and bile duct.
Things to know about Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer
Gallbladder cancer and bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma) are relatively rare forms of cancer and are often diagnosed at later, more advanced stages because most people display few, if any, recognizable symptoms at early stages.
Only about 1 in 5 gallbladder cancers is found in early stages.
Symptoms of both gallbladder and bile duct cancer include yellowing of the skin and/or the whites of the eyes (jaundice), abdominal pain, and fever. In addition, gallbladder cancer symptoms include nausea and vomiting, bloating, and lumps in the abdomen.
Risk factors for bile duct cancer include having chronic colitis, certain liver diseases, and infection with a worm parasite known as the clonorchis sinensis, or the Chinese liver fluke.
Women and Native Americans are at as higher risk for developing gallbladder cancer.