Bile duct cancer: Your bile ducts are tubes that carry bile from your liver and gallbladder to your small intestines. Bile is a fluid produced by your liver and stored in your gallbladder. It helps your body break down fatty acids.
Bile duct cancer, or cholangiocarcinoma, is a rare type of cancer that forms in these tubes.
It makes up about 3 percent of gastrointestinal cancers. Because your bile ducts are deep inside your body and there are no reliable screening tests, bile duct cancer usually isn’t detected until it’s grown enough to cause symptoms.
Bile duct cancer: Different stages
Besides this, the American Joint Committee on Cancer had defined the stages of bile duct cancer. According to them, there are 0 to 4 stages of bile-duct cancer. The three categories where the tumour develops are :
- Intrahepatic bile duct cancer:It means the part of the cancer is inside our liver.
- Perihilar bile duct cancer:It is cancer that is just outside our liver. It is the area where our left and right hepatic duct meets.
- Distal bile duct cancer:It is that cancer part that is just below the hilum.
Well, bile duct cancer symptoms are hard to spot in a body. But the main symptoms are as follow:
- You are feeling greatly unwell.
- You feel tired all day long or have no energy in your body.
- You might feel a high temperature or you can also feel hot or shivery
- You may have itchy skin.
- Your skin or the white part of your eyes turn yellow just like in jaundice.
- You feel pain in your tummy