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Bile Duct Cancer

Bile duct cancer treatment is a particular strength of SCMSC.

Cancer Surgery for the Bile Duct

Bile duct cancer, also known as Cholangiocarcinoma, requires surgery that’s often complex, as surrounding organs may also be affected. Dr. Babak Eghbalieh at the Southern California Multi-Specialty Center is a highly-experienced bile duct cancer surgeon. As a Hepatobiliary Pancreatic surgeon and a specialist in robot-assisted surgery, he produces superior results. If you’re faced with bile duct cancer, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Eghbalieh.

He sees patients throughout the Southern California area, with offices in Sherman Oaks, Valencia, and Porter Ranch with a new location opening in Tarzana in the near future.

Bile Duct Cancer Q & A

Bile duct cancer, also known as Cholangiocarcinoma, requires surgery that’s often complex

Where does cancer in bile ducts develop?

Bile duct cancer, or cholangiocarcinoma, can occur anywhere along the bile duct, from the small bile tubules that begin in the liver, down to where the duct enters the small intestine. This type of cancer isn’t common in the United States, where about 8,000 people are diagnosed yearly. According to the National Cancer Institute it usually occurs in older adults around the age of 70.

What are the symptoms of bile duct cancer?

Since cancer often obstructs the bile duct, bile can build up and cause jaundice. As a result, one sign of bile duct cancer is yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes. Jaundice also makes your skin itch, intense itching is a common symptom of bile duct cancer. Other symptoms include fatigue, weight loss, abdominal pain, and white-colored stools.

What are the risk factors associated with bile duct cancer?

A risk factor is something that increases the chance of developing a disease. It doesn’t mean you will get bile duct cancer, but the presence of any of the following factors means you may have a higher risk for developing bile duct cancer:

  • Older age
  • Obesity
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Smoke tobacco
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Bile duct cyst (choledochal cyst)
  • Genetics: In the U.S., the risk of bile duct tumors or cancer is highest among Hispanic Americans and Native Americans. Worldwide, this type of cancer is more common in Southeast Asia and China.

Why is surgical treatment so important?

Surgical removal of bile duct cancer is the only treatment that offers a cure. The extent of the surgery depends on where the cancer is located.

When cancer occurs near the bottom of the duct, some of the nearby pancreas may need to be removed. If the cancer occurs in the top part of the duct, Dr. Eghbalieh must remove the affected duct and part of the liver. If a significant portion of the duct is removed, Dr. Eghbalieh reconstructs the remaining duct to attach it back to the small intestine.

Dr. Babak Eghbalieh of SCMSC in white coat

Babak (Bobby) Eghbalieh, MD, FACS

What to do next about liver and bile duct cancer

Bile duct cancer, also known as Cholangiocarcinoma, requires surgery that’s often complex, as surrounding organs may also be affected. Dr. Babak Eghbalieh at the Southern California Multi-Specialty Center is a highly-experienced bile duct cancer surgeon. As a Hepatobiliary Pancreatic surgeon and a specialist in robot-assisted surgery, he produces superior results. If you’re faced with bile duct cancer, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Eghbalieh.

He sees patients throughout the Southern California area, with offices in Sherman Oaks, Valencia, and Porter Ranch with a new location opening in Tarzana.

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SCMSC front office staff in Los Angeles welcoming a new patient for bile duct cancer treatment