Bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma)

Bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma)

Bile duct cancer is also known as cholangiocarcinoma. It is a type of liver cancer.​

It is a rare cancer (less than 1% of all cancers), which affects more men than women. It is more common in people around 50 years old.

You can find more information in our liver cancer pages.

The Cancer Institute NSW recommends that all people with cancer have their care overseen by a multidisciplinary team (MDT).

In addition, people with bile duct cancer may need complex treatment and should be seen at a specialist centre.

Use our Canrefer website to find multidisciplinary teams and specialist centres in NSW and ACT.

Support when you have bile duct cancer

One of the main organisations that provides information and support for people with cancer is the Cancer Council. Their services include:

  • an Information and Support line, 13 11 20, which has specially trained staff available to offer support
  • a range of face-to-face, online and telephone support groups
  • a program called Cancer Connect where you can talk to someone who has experienced cancer
  • an online community for people with cancer and their families and friends.

The Pancare Foundation also has resources to help you understand bile duct cancer. This is available online, or you can call 1300 881 698.

You can also talk to the cancer care coordinator or social worker where you are being seen. They can tell you what services and support groups are available locally. Your GP may also be able to provide information about this.

Checklists

Use our checklists to find helpful tips or questions to ask.

Where to get help

There are people you can talk to for more information or support.

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