Medical treatment of gallbladder and bile duct cancers may be part of your treatment plan if your cancer:
Chemotherapy uses powerful anticancer drugs to attack and kill cancer cells. These treatments may slow a cancer tumor’s growth, shrink the tumor or downsize it to improve the possibility for a complete surgical removal, and better outcome. The anticancer agents our oncologists use for gallbladder and bile duct cancers include:
Roswell Park medical oncologists use specific combinations of chemotherapy agents that are often more effective when used together. If you need chemotherapy, the treatment team will choose the drugs, or combination of drugs, best for your individual case.
"Our team coordinates chemotherapy delivery with two main goals: prolonging the patient’s life while maintaining quality of life. At Roswell Park, all these specialists work together as a team." — Renuka Iyer, MD
Targeted therapy uses drugs or other substances that block the growth and spread of cancer by interfering with specific molecules involved in tumor growth and progression. These specific molecules, or molecular targets, are found only in the cancer cells or tumor. The drugs aimed at them harm only the targets, sparing healthy cells and tissue.
Roswell Park offers access to some targeted therapies through clinical trials. Some of these include: