GI Problems FAQs

Biliary Cancer


What is Biliary Cancer?
There are two primary types of Biliary (Hepatobiliary) Cancer

  • Hepatocellular Carcinoma
  • Cholangiocarcinoma

What is Biliary Cancer: Hepatocellular Carcinoma?
Cancer that develops in the liver.

What is Biliary Cancer: Cholangiocarcinoma?
Cancer that develops within the liver’s biliary ducts.

What causes Biliary Cancer?
Patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis, ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory disease of the colon, or a history of gallstones have a higher risk of cholangiocarcinoma.

What are the symptoms of Biliary Cancer?

  • Jaundice
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Itchy skin
  • Fever
  • Dark Urine
  • Diarrhea
  • White Stool
  • Bile in Stool
  • Increased blood cholesterol
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Back Pain

How does a physician diagnose Biliary (Hepatobiliary) Cancer?

  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound Scan (EUS)

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