The symptoms of bile duct cancer include:
- Irritation on the skin
- Pale stools
- Fatigue and weakness
- Pain in the abdomen area
- Unusual weight loss
Bile duct cancer develops when the bile duct cells go through certain genetic changes called mutations. These mutated cells combine and form a cancerous tumour. The cause of these genetic mutations in still unclear.
The following factors increase the risk of bile duct cancer in people:
Bile duct cancer can be prevented by getting a vaccination for hepatitis B virus, taking precautions to avoid blood-borne or sexually transmitted infections, treating hepatitis infections (such as B and C) to help prevent cirrhosis and quitting smoking and drinking.
The doctor diagnosis bile duct cancer by conducting several tests on the patient which help in indicating the presence of cancerous cells in the bile duct....
The doctor diagnosis bile duct cancer by conducting several tests on the patient which help in indicating the presence of cancerous cells in the bile duct.
During surgery, the doctors try to remove the tumour from the patient’s body. The deceased part of the bile duct is removed and the ends are joined back together.
In this procedure, the doctor removes the diseased liver from the patient’s body and replaces it with a healthy liver donated by another person.
Chemotherapy involves the usage of drugs to destroy the cancerous cells. It reduces the growth of the cancer and helps in controlling the symptoms.
Radiation therapy involves the use of high-energy beams produced by a radiation machine or by the radioactive substances to kill the cancer cells.
Biliary drainage helps to restore the flow of bile. The doctor may carry a bypass surgery to make a new passage for bile drainage. This process also helps in controlling the signs and symptoms of bile duct cancer.
One should consult the doctor as soon as they start noticing any signs or symptoms of bile duct cancer in the person. The appropriate treatment and the associated side effects should be thoroughly evaluated and discussed with the doctor.