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Conditions We Treat: Bile Duct Cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma)

Cholangiocarcinoma, or bile duct cancer, occurs when a malignant (cancerous) tumor grows in one of the ducts that transport bile from the liver to the small intestine.

Cholangiocarcinoma: What You Need to Know

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  • Cholangiocarcinoma, also called bile duct cancer, occurs when a cancerous tumor grows in the bile ducts.
  • Symptoms include jaundice and abdominal pain.
  • Blood tests, imaging scans and endoscopic procedures are used to diagnosis cholangiocarcinoma.
  • Surgery is the usual treatment for cholangiocarcinoma. Other treatment options are radiological therapy and endoscopic therapy.
  • Phlebotomy is a special procedure that removes excess iron in the blood. It is used to treat hemochromatosis.

Bile duct cancer affects one in 100,000 people per year in the United States. Bile duct tumors are usually slow growing and treatment often depends on the location of the tumor.

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Why choose Johns Hopkins Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology for cholangiocarcinoma?

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Our Physicians

Our multidisciplinary specialists are experts in treating cholangiocarcinoma.

Meet our physicians:
Dr. Florin Selaru

Our Research

New technology at Johns Hopkins will make biopsies much easier for the patient and the doctor.

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