Bile duct cancer

Bile ducts are part of the digestive system and are the tubes that link the liver and gallbladder to the small bowel. They transport bile, which helps break down the fat in our food. Bile duct cancer is rare. You’re more likely to get it if you’re aged over 65.

 

What is bile duct cancer

Bile duct cancer develops in part of the bile duct lining. Abnormal cells start to multiply. They can spread into other areas including the gallbladder or pancreas. Bile duct cancer is rare. You’re more likely to get it if you’re aged over 65.

Cancer can begin in any part of the ducts including:

  • Intra-heptic region: ducts inside the liver
  • Extra-heptic region: ducts outside the liver

Extra-heptic bile ducts are split into two areas:

    • Hilar – where the right and left ducts meet, below the liver
    • Distal – the lower section of the ducts, near the bowel

 

Causes of bile duct cancer

Doctors don’t yet know what causes bile duct cancer, but some things can make it more likely. These include:

  • Abnormal bile ducts
  • Bile duct stones
  • Hepatitis B or C
  • Infection with a parasite called liver fluke (most common in Africa and Asia)
  • Liver disease (cirrhosis)
  • Long-term inflammatory conditions such as ulcerative colitis or primary sclerosing cholangitis

Symptoms of bile duct cancer

In its early stages, you may not have any symptoms. As the cancer develops, you may have:

Jaundice (skin and whites of eyes becoming yellow)

Dark urine and pale stools

High temperature (fever)

Itchy skin

Loss of appetite

Pain in your abdomen

Unexplained weight loss

Extreme tiredness

Having these symptoms doesn’t mean you have bile duct cancer, but it’s best to get them checked by a doctor. The sooner your cancer is detected, the better the chances of treating it successfully.

Tests and diagnosis

Your doctor will discuss your symptoms with you. You may be referred to hospital for further tests including:

  • Biopsy – where a tiny sample of tissue is taken for analysis
  • Blood tests
  • Scans including ultrasound, CT and MRI
  • X-rays

Treatments we offer

Treatment for Bile duct cancer will depend on the location and extent of the cancer, whether the cancer can be removed by surgery, likely side effects of treatment and your overall health. Your specialist doctor (oncologist) will discuss the treatment options with you. Possible treatments include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Radiation therapy kills cancer cells. It’s used in the early stages of cancer treatment or after it has started to spread. It can also be used to relieve pain and discomfort from cancer that has spread.

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Chemotherapy is medication that treats your cancer. The drugs kill cancer cells, preventing them from dividing and spreading further.

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Radiation therapy kills cancer cells. It’s used in the early stages of cancer treatment or after it has started to spread. It can also be used to relieve pain and discomfort from cancer that has spread.

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Chemotherapy is medication that treats your cancer. The drugs kill cancer cells, preventing them from dividing and spreading further.

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Armadale (Hearts West Clinic)

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(08) 9391 1234

Balwyn (Cardiology)

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(03) 9813 7900

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(07) 4199 7300

Beaudesert (Cardiology)

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(07) 3255 7200

Benowa (Sleep)

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Berwick (Cardiology)

Unit 2, 11 Gloucester Avenue, Berwick VIC 3806

(03) 8794 2200

Berwick (Oncology)

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(03) 8794 2700

Broken Hill (Cardiology)

Broken Hill Hospital, Thomas Street, Broken Hill, SA 2880

(08) 8202 6600

Buderim (Oncology)

10 King Street, Buderim QLD 4556, Australia

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Buderim Private Hospital (Cardiology)

Suite 16, Buderim Private Hospital, 12 Elsa Wilson Drive, Buderim QLD 4556

(07) 5478 4829

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Buderim Private Hospital, 12 Elsa Wilson Drive, Buderim QLD 4556

1800 155 225

Bunbury (Cardiology)

Suite 21, St John of God Hospital, Southwest Health Campus, Corner of Roberston Drive & Bussell Highway, WA, 6230

(08) 9720 3400

Bunbury (Oncology)

South West Health Campus, Corner of Bussell Hwy & Roberston Drive, Bunbury, WA 6230

(08) 9726 6400

Bunbury (Sleep Medicine)

Suite 21, St John of God Hospital, Southwest Health Campus, (Cnr Robertson Drive & Bussell Hwy), Bunbury WA 6230

(08) 9720 3403

Bundaberg (Oncology)

313 Bourbong St, Bundaberg West QLD 4670, Australia

(07) 4154 9900

Bundaberg (Sleep Medicine)

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(07) 4199 7080

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(07) 4199 7080

Bundoora (Cardiology)

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(03) 8467 5900

Busselton (Cardiology)

19 Albert Street, Busselton WA, Australia

(08) 9751 6000

Busselton (Sleep Medicine)

19 Albert Street, Busselton WA 6280, Australia

(08) 9720 3400

Cabrini (Gandel Wing)

Cabrini Hospital Malvern, Level B4, Gandel Wing, 183 Wattletree Road, Malvern, VIC 3144

(03) 9597 6900

Calvary Central Districts Hospital (Oncology)

Calvary Central Districts Hospital, Jarvis Road, Elizabeth Vale SA 5112, Australia

(08) 7285 6400

Chermside (Oncology)

Chermside Medical Complex, Lower Ground Floor, 956 Gympie Road, Chermside Brisbane, QLD, 4032

(07) 3917 4400

Clare (Cardiology)

Old North Road, Clare, SA 5453

(08) 8841 3777

Clayfield (Cardiology)

Oriel Place, Suite 3, Level 1 531 Sandgate Road Clayfield QLD 4011

(07) 3648 2500

Cleveland (Cardiology)

19/16 Weippin Street, Cleveland QLD, Australia

(07) 3858 8690

Cockburn (Cardiology)

Cockburn Health & Community Centre, Level 1, Suite 11, 11 Wentworth Parade, Success WA 6164

(08) 6332 2300

Cockburn (Sleep)

Cockburn Health & Community Centre, Level 1, Suite 11, 11 Wentworth Parade, Success WA 6164

(08) 9233 5200

Concord (Oncology)

375A-377 Concord Road Concord West NSW 2138

(02) 8399 9600

Denmark (Cardiology)

Denmark Health Service, 50 Scotsdale Road, Denmark WA, Australia

(08) 9480 3000

Doncaster East (Cardiology)

Suite 1, 1008 Doncaster Road, Doncaster East VIC 3109

(03) 8809 6200

Dunsborough (Cardiology)

Dunn Bay Road, Dunsborough WA 6281, Australia

(08) 6332 2313

Emerald (Cardiology)

Central Highlands Healthcare Ltd. Trading as Emerald Medical Group Lot 1, Pilot Farm Road, Emerald QLD 4720

(07) 3858 8690

Epping Medical Centre (Oncology)

Epping Medical Centre, Ground Floor, 230 Cooper Street, Epping, VIC, 3076

(03) 9409 8000

Fiona Stanley Hospital (Oncology)

Department of Radiation Oncology Cancer Centre, Lower Ground Floor 102-118 Murdoch Drive, Murdoch WA 6150

1300 977 062

Flinders Private Hospital (Oncology)

Flinders Private Hospital, Level 2, 1 Flinders Drive, Bedford Park, SA 5042

(08) 8179 5500

Footscray (Oncology)

Western Private Hospital, 1 Marion Street, Footscray, VIC 3011

(03) 9319 3200

Frankston (Oncology)

Frankston Private Hospital, 5 Susono Way, Frankston VIC, 3199

(03) 9781 8200

Frenchs Forest (Oncology)

Suite 3, Level 1, Building 1, 49 Frenchs Forest Road, Frenchs Forest NSW 2086

(02) 8030 6700

Friendly Society Private Hospital Bundaberg (Cardiology)

Floor 1, 19-23 Bingera Street, Bundaberg QLD 4670

(07) 4199 7300

Gawler (Cardiology)

1 Murray Street, Gawler , SA 5112

(08) 8202 6600

Gladstone (Cardiology)

Mater Hospital (Outpatients Department), 50 Rosella Street, Gladstone, QLD, 4680

(07) 3858 8690

Gladstone Mater Misericordiae Hospital (Sleep Medicine)

Mater Misericordiae Hospital, 50 Rosella St, Gladstone QLD 4680

(07) 4199 7080

Greenslopes (Cardiology)

Ramsay Specialist Centre Suite 212, Level 2 Newdegate Street, Greenslopes, QLD, 4120

(07) 3255 7200

Gympie (Cardiology)

Gympie Specialist and Diagnostic Centre, 74 - 76 Channon Street, Gympie QLD 4570

(07) 5390 3700

Heidelberg (Cardiology)

Warringal Private Hospital, Suite 1, 216 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg VIC 3084

(03) 9455 4800

Hervey Bay Hospital (Cardiology)

Corner of Nissen Street & Urraween Road, Urraween QLD 4655

(07) 4303 4351

Hollywood - Coming soon (Oncology)

Hollywood Consulting Centre, Hollywood Private Hospital, Entrance 5, Unit 1, 91 Monash Avenue, Nedlands WA 6009

Hollywood Private Hospital (Theranostics)

Hollywood Private Hospital, Diagnostic Nuclear Imaging, Monash Ave, Nedlands WA 6009

(08) 9438 8500

Hurstville (Oncology)

Waratah Private Hospital, Level 6, 31 Dora Street, Hurstville, NSW, 2220

(02) 8568 7600

Jimboomba (Cardiology)

Jimboomba Medical Centre Shop 14, Jimboomba Shopping Centre Mt Lindesay Highway Jimboomba, Qld, 4280

(07) 3255 7200

John Flynn Private Hospital (Theranostics)

Nuclear Medicine & Therapy Centre, 42 Inland Drive, Tugun QLD 4224

(08) 9438 8500

John Flynn Private Hospital Tugun (Sleep Medicine)

John Flynn Private Hospital, 42 Inland Drive, Tugun QLD 4224

Joondalup – Shenton House (Cardiology)

Level 3, Shenton House, 57 Shenton Avenue, Joondalup, WA 6027

(08) 9400 6161

Joondalup – Shenton House (Oncology)

Shenton House, Level 3, 57 Shenton Avenue, Joondalup, WA 6027

1300 977 062

Joondalup – Shenton House (Sleep Medicine)

Level 2 & 3, 57 Shenton Avenue, Joondalup WA 6027

(08) 9233 5200

Kadina (Cardiology)

77-79 Port Road, Kadina SA 5554, Australia

(08) 8202 6600

Kalamunda (Cardiology)

Kalamunda Specialist Centre, 37 Elizabeth Street, Kalamunda, WA

(08) 9480 3000

Karratha (Cardiology)

Karratha Health Campus Outpatients Department 62 Balmoral Road KARRATHA WA 6714

(08) 9144 7777

Kingaroy (Cardiology)

Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital (formerly South Burnett Private Hospital), 31 Markwell Street, Kingaroy QLD 4610

(07) 3858 8690

Kingswood (Oncology)

38 Somerset St, Kingswood NSW 2747, Australia

(02) 4726 8700

Kurralta Park (Oncology)

Suite 1, Tennyson Centre, 520 South Road, Kurralta Park, SA 5037

(08) 8375 3200

Langwarrin (Cardiology)

Langwarrin Suite 2, 35 Cranbourne-Frankston Road, Langwarrin VIC 3910

(03) 8769 5800

Leabrook (Cardiology)

284 Kensington Road, Leabrook, SA 5068

(08) 8202 6600

Lilydale (Cardiology)

Lilydale Private Consulting Suites, 475 Swansea Rd, Lilydale VIC 3140

(03) 9735 4288

Mackay Mater Hospital (Sleep)

76 Willetts Rd, North Mackay QLD 4740, Australia

1800 155 225

Macquarie University Hospital (Oncology)

Hospital Building, Suite 1, Level B2, 3 Technology Place, Macquarie University, NSW, 2109

(02) 9812 3220

Mandurah (Cardiology)

Unit 3/35 Minilya Pkwy, Greenfields WA 6210, Australia

(08) 9584 6500

Mandurah (Oncology)

Unit 3/35 Minilya Parkway, Greenfields WA 6210

(08) 9559 2900

Mandurah (Sleep Medicine)

Unit 3/35 Minilya Pkwy, Greenfields WA 6210, Australia

(08) 9233 5200

Manjimup (Cardiology)

Warren District Hospital, 1 Hospital Avenue, Manjimup WA 6258

(08) 9720 3400

Manjimup (Sleep Medicine)

Warren District Hospital, 1 Hospital Ave, Manjimup WA 6258

(08) 9720 3400

Margaret River Hospital (Cardiology)

17 Farrelly Street, Margaret River WA, Australia

(08) 9720 3400

Margaret River Surgery (Cardiology)

Margaret River Surgery, 1 Station Road, Margaret River WA, Australia

(08) 9720 3400

Margaret River Surgery (Sleep)

Margaret River Surgery, 1 Station Road, Margaret River WA, Australia

(08) 9720 3400

Maryborough (Cardiology)

St Stephen's Medical Centre Suite 2, 166 John Street Maryborough QLD 4650

(07) 4303 4300

Mater Brisbane (Cardiology)

Mater Private Clinic Suite 5.02 & 5.11, Level 5 550 Stanley Street South Brisbane QLD 4101

(07) 3360 7100

Mater Hospital, Sydney (Oncology)

The Mater Hospital, 25 Rocklands road, North Sydney, NSW

(02)9458 8050

Midland (Cardiology)

Midland Medical Specialist Care, 23 The Crescent, Midland, WA 6056

(08) 9480 3000

Modbury (Cardiology)

979 North East Road, Modbury, SA, 5092

(08) 8202 6600

Moe (Cardiology)

Clearview Radiology, 34 George Street, Moe VIC 3825

(03) 8794 2200

Mount Barker (Cardiology)

Unit 3, 22 Mann Street, Mount Barker, SA 5251

(08) 8202 6600

Mount Ommaney (Cardiology)

Mount Ommaney Medical Centre Shop 6/171 Dandenong Road Mt Ommaney QLD 4074

(07) 3725 3900

Mulgrave (Cardiology)

Mulgrave Private Hospital, Churchill Consulting Suites, Blanton Drive, Mulgrave VIC 3170

(03) 8793 3800

Murdoch (Cardiology)

St John of God Wexford Medical Centre, Level 4, Suite 68-72, 3 Barry Marshall Parade, Murdoch, WA 6150

(08) 6332 2300

Murdoch (Hearts West Clinic)

Suite 59, SJOG Medical Centre Barry Marshall ParadeMurdoch WA 6150

Murdoch (Oncology)

St John of God Murdoch Hospital, Barry Marshall Parade, Murdoch WA 6150

Murdoch (Sleep Medicine)

Suite 5-7, SJOG Medical Centre, 100 Murdoch Drive, Murdoch WA 6150

(08) 9233 5200

Murray Bridge (Cardiology)

6 Verdun Street, Murray Bridge, SA, 5253

(08) 8202 6600

Nambour (Oncology)

10 Mapleton - Nambour Road, Nambour QLD, Australia

(07) 5374 8100

Nedlands (Cardiology)

Suite 20/21 Hollywood Medical Centre, 85 Monash Avenue, Nedlands WA

(08) 6389 9100

Newcastle (Oncology)

Lake Macquarie Private Hospital, 36 Pacific Highway, Gateshead, NSW, 2290

(02) 4918 4500

North Melbourne (Cardiology)

Lake Imaging Specialist and Research Centre, 14-20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne VIC 3051

(03) 9813 7950

North Street Medical Centre (Sleep)

St Andrew’s Hospital, North Street, Spring Hill, QLD, 4000

(07) 3832 1717

Nuriootpa (Cardiology)

Nuriootpa Medical Centre 6 Memorial Avenue

(08) 8202 6600

Pakenham (Cardiology)

Lakeside Square Medical Precinct, Level 2, 2-9 Village Way, Pakenham VIC 3810

(03) 8793 3800

Parkville (Cardiology)

Melbourne Private Hospital, Private Medical Centre, Level 4, Suite 22, Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052

(03) 9813 7950

Perth Mount (Cardiology)

Suite 3, 140 Mounts Bay Road, Perth, WA 6000

(08) 9480 3000

Perth Mount (Sleep Medicine)

Suite 3 Mount Medical Centre, Level 3, 140 Mounts Bay Road, Perth WA 6000

(08) 9233 5200

Pindara (Oncology)

Pindara Specialist Suites Suite 4.07, Level 4, 29 Carrara Street, Benowa QLD 4214

Pindara Private Hospital (Sleep Medicine)

Pindara Private Hospital, Allchurch Avenue, Benowa QLD 4217

Port Hedland (Cardiology)

Hedland Health Campus, Outpatient Department, Port Hedland WA 6721

(08) 9174 1380

Pulse Oceanside Medical (Sleep)

Pulse Oceanside Medical, Suite 402, 11 Eccles Boulevard, Birtinya, QLD 4575

(07) 5322 5900

Richmond (Cardiology)

Epworth Consulting Level 6, Suite 6.4 89 Bridge Road, Richmond VIC 3121

(03) 9813 7950

Ringwood (Cardiology)

Level 2, Suite 22 & 23, 50 New Street, Ringwood VIC 3134

(03) 9210 8300

Ringwood (Oncology)

Ringwood Private Hospital, 36 Mount Dandenong Road, Ringwood East VIC 3135

(03) 8870 3300

RiverCity Private Hospital (Sleep Medicine)

RiverCity Private Hospital, Level 4, 401 Milton Road, Auchenflower, QLD, 4066

Rockhampton (Cardiology)

Mater Hospital (Outpatients Department) 31 Ward Street Rockhampton QLD 4700

(07) 3858 8690

Rockhampton (Oncology)

Rockhampton Hospital, Lower Ground Floor, Canning Street, Rockhampton, QLD, 4700

(07) 4932 5000

Rockingham (Hearts West Clinic)

Elanora Dr, Rockingham General Hospital, Cooloongup WA 6168

Roma (Cardiology)

Vital Health, 20 Quintin Street, Roma QLD 4455

(07) 3858 8690

Shepparton (Oncology)

124 Corio St, Shepparton VIC 3630, Australia

(03) 5825 9700

Southport (Oncology)

Premion Place, 39 White St, Southport QLD 4215

(07) 5552 1400

Springfield (Cardiology)

Priority Health Orion Shopping Centre, 1st Floor, 1 Main Street, Springfield QLD 4300

(07) 3858 8690

St Andrew's Hospital (Oncology)

St Andrew's Hospital, 352 South Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000

(08) 8228 6700

St Andrew's Medical Centre (Cardiology & Sleep Medicine)

St Andrew's Medical Centre Clinic, Level 2. 321 South Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000

(08) 8202 6644

St Andrew's Toowoomba (Sleep Medicine)

St Andrew's Hospital Toowoomba, 280 North Street, Toowoomba, QLD 4350

St Andrew’s Hospital (Cardiology)

350 South Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

(08) 8408 2111

St Leonards (Oncology)

Level 1, 38 Pacific Hwy, St Leonards NSW 2065, Australia

(02) 8037 4100

St Stephen's Hospital (Oncology)

1 Medical Pl, Urraween QLD 4655, Australia

(07) 4120 6600

St Stephen’s Hospital (Cardiology & Sleep)

Level 1, Suite 10, Sara Stella Medical Centre, St Stephen's Private Hospital, 1 Medical Place, Urraween QLD 4655

(07) 4303 4300

St Vincent's Clinic Sydney (Oncology)

Level A, 438 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010

(02) 8302 5400

St Vincent's Melbourne (Oncology)

St Vincent's Hospital, Basement Level, Building C, 41 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy, VIC, 3065

(03) 9427 6500

St Vincent's Toowoomba (Cardiology)

St Vincent's Private Hospital, Toowoomba, Scott Street, Toowoomba City QLD 4350

(07) 3858 8600

St Vincent's Toowoomba (Sleep Medicine)

St Vincent's Private Hospital, Scott Street, Toowoomba, QLD 4350

Sunshine Coast (Cardiology)

Suites 14 & 15, Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital, 3 Doherty Street, Birtinya QLD 4575

(07) 5390 3700

Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital (Sleep)

Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital Suite 20/3 Doherty St, Birtinya QLD, 4575

(07) 5437 9788

Surrey Hills (Cardiology)

Union Road Specialists Centre, 203 Union Road, Surrey Hills VIC 3127

(03) 9813 7900

Tugun (Oncology)

John Flynn Private Hospital, 42 Inland Drive, Tugun QLD 4224

(07) 5507 3600

Unley Road (Cardiology)

Unley Road Clinic, 313 Unley Road, Malvern, SA, 5061

(08) 8202 6600

Wallaroo (Cardiology)

Ernest Terrace, Wallaroo, SA 5556

(08) 8823 0200

Wembley (Oncology)

24 Salvado Road, Wembley WA, Australia

1300 977 062

Wesley Hospital Auchenflower (Cardiology)

Level 5, Suite 91 Sandford Jackson Building 30 Chasely Street Auchenflower QLD 4066

(07) 3858 8650

Wesley Hospital Auchenflower (Sleep Medicine)

The Wesley Hospital, Auchenflower, QLD, 4066

1800 155 225

Wesley Medical Centre (Oncology)

The Wesley Medical Centre, 1/40 Chasely St Auchenflower, Brisbane, QLD, 4066

Westside Private Hospital (Cardiology)

Westside Private Hospital, Suite 309, Level 3, 32 Morrow Street, Taringa, QLD, 4068

(07) 3022 7850

Whittlesea (Cardiology)

Whittlesea Specialist Centre, 79-81 Church Street, Whittlesea VIC 3757

(03) 8467 5900

Yokine (Cardiology)

Royal Street Specialist Centre, Cnr Royal Street & Wanneroo Road, Yokine, WA 6060

0894803000

Yokine (Sleep Medicine)

Royal Street Specialist Centre, Cnr Royal Street & Wanneroo Rd, Yokine WA 6060

(08) 9233 5200

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