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What is bile duct cancer? - Bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma)

Diagram of the body highlighting the bile ducts as small tubes connecting other organs together
  • Bile duct cancer, also called cholangiocarcinoma, is a cancer that's found anywhere in the bile ducts.
  • The bile ducts are small tubes that connect different organs. They are part of the digestive system.
  • How serious bile duct cancer is depends on where it is in the bile ducts, how big it is, if it has spread and your general health.


It's important to get any symptoms of bile duct cancer checked as soon as possible.

Page last reviewed: 05 May 2020
Next review due: 05 May 2023