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Cancer of the bile duct originates in the bile ducts themselves. They are the thin tubes that connect the liver to the small intestines. These tubes are responsible for transporting bile from the liver to the small intestines, therefore helping a person to digest food better. The main role of bile is to break down fats, which we consume in our food.
There are three different types of bile cancer, depending on where the cancer starts to grow. Since the bile ducts connect the liver and small intestines, cancer can originate close
ly to these organs and, if not treated, metastize there in future. Usually, cancer of the bile is accompanied by bile duct obstruction. A blockage here can be quite dangerous and can damage the liver.
Cancer of the bile duct can be caused by stones in the bile, liver infections, smoking, genetic predisposition, cirrhosis, hepatitis B and C. This cancer usually develops in people older than 60.
According to the American Cancer Society, the 5-year survival rate for localized cancer of the bile approximates 15% for intrahepatic cancer, which originates close to or inside the liver and 30% for extrahepatic cancer, which originates outside the liver. For localized cancer, the survival rate is 6% and 24% respectively and for cancers that have developed elsewhere [is there a better medical term for this? Regional/distant sound like countrywide] the survival rate is only 2% for both types of bile cancer because it has reached other organs. These statistics apply only for patients who did not undergo surgery in time. For those who had survey, the survival rate can reach 25-50%.
It is difficult to diagnose cancer of the bile duct in its early stages, as it rarely manifests itself.
Overall, these procedures can considerably prolong your life expectancy and help you lead a normal life.