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Bile Duct Surgery

Cholangiocarcinoma is the medical term for cancer of the bile ducts – the tubes that transport bile from the liver to the gallbladder and on to the small intestine. While the causes of all bile duct cancer are still unknown, there are some diseases and conditions associated with bile duct tumors, including:

  • Fluke infections of the liver
  • Gallstones, which may result in persistent irritation of the ducts
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis, or inflammation and scarring of the bile ducts

Surgeons of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson are at the forefront of treatments of liver cancer and related diseases and conditions. Our surgeons are experienced in removing these tumors, which is a delicate surgery that may involve removal of portions of the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and small intestine.

Knowing the location of the tumor is critical in determining an optimal course of treatment, and Jefferson radiologists will conduct CT scans, angiograms or MRI cholangiograms (MRCPs), depending upon your condition.