Early Stage Cancer Surgery
Removes cancer found in the gallbladder and bile duct before it spreads. Surgery may also be necessary to clear blocked bile ducts and treat conditions like jaundice, a common symptom of bile duct cancer that occurs when the bile duct is blocked and excess bile builds up.
Removes your gallbladder. Your surgeon may perform this procedure using small incisions and a tube called a laparoscope that has a tiny camera at its end. This lets your surgeon clearly see your organs during the operation. In addition to the gallbladder, nearby liver tissue and lymph nodes may be removed if the tumor has advanced or spread.
Endoscopic Stent Placement
A small plastic or metal mesh tube called a stent may be placed to open blocked bile ducts and relieve jaundice.
Also known as a pancreaticoduodenectomy, this complex procedure may be necessary if your cancer is in the lower part of the bile duct. It removes the affected organs, which may include the gallbladder, lower part of the bile duct, the head of the pancreas, and the first small part of the intestine, known as the duodenum. This procedure may be performed robotically, which involves smaller incisions that result in less blood loss and scarring. A robotic Whipple procedure may also shorten your recovery time and allow you to begin chemotherapy and radiation, if necessary, sooner.
If your cancer is in the upper part of the bile duct or you have been diagnosed with advanced gallbladder cancer, part of your liver may need to be removed. In some cases, a liver transplant may be appropriate.
Kills or slows the growth of the tumor and may be recommended if your cancer has spread.
Help to relieve gallbladder and bile duct cancer pain and jaundice.
External beams deliver the maximum amount of radiation directly to your bile duct to slow or stop cancer growth. It is also used to help relieve pain and other symptoms of the cancer.
High-energy beams may be used to treat pain caused by tumors that can’t be removed surgically and that are blocking the bile duct. This procedure can also help to relieve pain and other symptoms of cancer.