Highly experienced at diagnosing and treating bile duct cancer, City of Hope brings an aggressive, multidisciplinary approach to caring for people with the disease, offering them and their loved ones the most positive outcomes possible.
Through our clinical trials program – one of the most extensive in the nation – bile duct cancer patients can often access promising new anticancer drugs and technologies not available elsewhere.
Cancer of the bile duct is rare and often occurs in people over the age of 65. In the United States, there are between 2,000 and 3,000 cases of bile duct cancer diagnosed each year.
Bile Duct Cancers are indolent tumors and often grow slowly and spread gradually. The bile ducts are in close proximity to some of the main blood vessels going into the liver. These include the hepatic arteries and the portal vein. If these structures are involved it becomes difficult to clear the tumor and therefore deemed locally advanced.
View a list of diagnostic and staging tests used to diagnose bile duct cancer.