Bile Duct Cancer
Bile duct cancer, also known as cholangiocarcinoma, is a cancer that originates in the bile ducts. The bile ducts are small tubes that carry bile, a yellowish fluid, from the liver to the gall bladder and then to the small intestine, where it helps with digestion of fats. Bile duct cancer is a rare condition and is more common in people over the age of 50. Known causes of bile duct cancer include conditions that increase inflammation or damage the bile ducts, which can affect both men and women. One example is a disorder known as primary sclerosing cholangitis, or PSC, which causes inflammation and scarring of the bile ducts. The stage of bile duct cancer can vary at diagnosis and throughout treatment. Stages of bile duct cancer include I, II, III, and IV. The effectiveness of the treatment may depend upon the stage at diagnosis.
NOTE: Treatment Options listed below are not all-inclusive. Other treatments may be available. ChemoExperts provides drug information and does not recommend any one treatment over another. Only your Doctor can choose which therapy is appropriate for you.
Notice to user: The term chemotherapy, later shortened to “chemo”, originated in the early 1900s from Nobel Prize winning German physician and chemist, Dr. Paul Erlich. Dr. Erlich defined chemotherapy to mean “the use of chemicals as a therapy to treat disease.” (Source). Many years later, the term became synonymous with the use of chemicals to treat cancer specifically. Because early cancer therapies became quickly known for their severe side effect profile, the term chemotherapy took on a negative connotation. If we fast forward several decades, the anti-cancer therapies used today have become refined, and for many diseases, treatment can be safely taken in the comfort of your own home.
As chemotherapy has become particularly targeted, certain side effects have lessened, while new side effects have emerged. However, the premise behind therapy, that is using a chemical to kill cancer, has not changed. Therefore, the clinicians who created ChemoExperts.com believe the term “chemotherapy” still very much applies to all anti-cancer medications, but importantly, can no longer suggest what, if any, side effects a patient is likely to experience. For this to become clear, education regarding each individual drug, as well as information derived from the use of combination therapy (multiple chemo medications) is required. As a result, we have structured our website to make it easier for users to learn about cancer treatment and hope that if you are taking or receiving chemotherapy, that ChemoExperts.com is able to provide you with the tools needed to make the journey a little easier and life more rewarding.
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Created: July 21, 2023
Updated: July 24, 2023