Gallbladder cancer and bile duct cancer

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Duke specialists in gallbladder cancer and bile duct cancer use the latest medical and surgical advances to find and treat cancer at the earliest possible stage. We have the advanced training and expertise to perform complex surgeries, including liver and pancreatic surgeries, for tumors that have spread to other organs. We help you stay healthy and active while using a range of options to treat your gallbladder cancer or bile duct cancer.

Medical advances in gallbladder cancer and bile duct cancer

Gallbladder cancer and bile duct cancer, also known as biliary cancer, can occur in any of the small tubes that carry bile, a substance that aids in digestion. These rare forms of cancer require a level of expertise and skill found only at major medical centers like Duke. Our doctors and surgeons undergo advanced training in gastrointestinal cancer, and specialize in treating cancers found in the gallbladder and/or bile duct. Our team includes surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, gastroenterologists and pathologists. This comprehensive approach ensures you receive an accurate diagnosis and the most effective treatment options for your condition.

Choose Duke for your gallbladder or bile duct cancer treatment because we offer:

  • A nationally ranked program. We are consistently ranked among the best cancer programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. We are a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and are part of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers dedicated to improving care for our patients.
  • North Carolina's leader in bile duct, liver and pancreatic surgery. Cancers of the bile duct and gallbladder often require surgery of the liver and sometimes surgery of the head of the pancreas (Whipple procedure), depending on the stage and location of your cancer. These are complex surgical procedures that require a high level of experience and expertise. We perform these procedures more often than any other North Carolina hospital. Studies show that patients who undergo complex surgical procedures in major cancer centers like ours experience fewer surgical complications, shorter hospital stays, and a faster recovery.
  • An experienced team. While gallbladder cancer and bile duct cancer are rare, our specialists have the training and experience to treat these cancers effectively. We see many people with these types of cancer each year. Our team includes specialists from medical and surgical oncology, gastroenterology, and interventional radiology, which allows us to offer you a full range of treatment options.
  • Relief from jaundice. We use a range of specialized techniques to open blocked bile ducts and help relieve jaundice, including stent placement and surgery.
  • Support for you. Our comprehensive support services range from helping patients minimize the side effects of treatment to coping with the emotional and psychological effects of diagnosis and treatment. View all of our cancer support groups in our event calendar.  
  • Comforting environment. Our Duke Cancer Center features spacious waiting areas, a Quiet Room, large infusion rooms, and a rooftop garden area where patients — based on their treatment regimen — can receive chemotherapy outdoors.



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