How To Treat Cholangiocarcinoma?

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Ass … based on the CT-scan results at the hospital, my sister had Cholangiocarcinoma, how did she act, please enlighten me …

1 Answer:

Hi masril,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Cholangiocarcinoma is a malignant (cancer) tumor that occurs in the bile duct, which is the channel that connects the gallbladder, liver and small intestine. This cancer is actually more common in the elderly (aged over 50 years), although it does not rule out that it also occurs at a younger age. This condition occurs due to genetic mutations that increase the risk of inflammation of the bile ducts, chronic liver disease, congenital (birth) bile duct disorders, parasitic infections in the liver, and smoking.

Cholangiocarcinoma sufferers often experience a variety of symptoms, such as yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice), itchy skin, pale stools, weakness, fatigue, abdominal pain, and drastic weight loss for no apparent reason. The diagnosis of cholangiocarcinoma is actually made not only based on interviews, physical examination and CT scan, but also through other supporting tests, such as blood tests, tumor markers, ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography), or biopsy. Therefore, you should consult directly with an internal medicine specialist who treats your younger sibling regarding the definite diagnosis of the disease, whether it can be established, or not.

If it is true that your sister has cholangiocarcinoma, then depending on the stage of the cancer, this condition can be treated with surgery, liver transplantation, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, photodynamic therapy, and also bile drainage (for example, by using a bypass). In more severe conditions, where the potential for healing is very minimal, doctors may prioritize palliative therapy, namely by providing several types of pain relievers and increasing moral support so that the patient's quality of life is better. The selection of the best therapy should be discussed directly with the treating doctor because he is the one who knows the patient's condition the best.

May God Almighty bestow health and healing for your younger siblings.

I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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