Bile duct cancer, or cholangiocarcinoma, is marked by the presence of tumors in the bile duct, a long tube-like structure that connects the liver to the intestine and transports bile from the liver to the intestine. These are uncommon tumors and around 4,000 new cases are diagnosed in the United States each year. Bile duct cancer usually develops in patients older than 65 years of age.
Signs and symptoms of bile duct cancer
- Jaundice (yellowness of the skin)
- Abnormal liver tests
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain
- Poor appetite
- Weakness and fatigue