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Bile Duct Cancer Prognosis

Bile Duct Cancer Prognosis

Is bile duct tumor curable?

Bile duct cancer is often treatable. But it can be difficult to treat.

What percentage of bile duct tumors are cancerous?

Bile duct abnormalities

The most common types are choledochal cysts and Caroli’s disease, but both conditions are very rare. Up to 20% of people with choledochal cysts that are not removed will develop cancer of the bile duct.

How long does cholangiocarcinoma take to spread?

It could have been before our daughter was born or it could have been after. One of the surgeons we met told us that CC takes *up to* 20 years to develop before symptoms show up.

Can you live without a bile duct?

You can live normally without a gallbladder, but you might need to make some changes in your diet. A common type of gallbladder surgery, called laparoscopic cholecystectomy, is done through a few small cuts in the abdomen.

What is death from cholangiocarcinoma like?

Approximately half of untreated patients die within 34 months of presentation from the indirect effects of local tumor progression, bile duct obstruction, liver failure or sepsis from cholangitis and abscesses.

Does anyone survive cholangiocarcinoma?

The 5-year survival rate for extrahepatic bile duct cancer is 10%. If the cancer is diagnosed in an early stage, the 5-year survival rate is 17%. If the cancer has spread to the regional lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is 16%.

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