Liver, Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer
The most common form of liver cancer is hepatocellular carcinoma, which begins in the native liver cells (hepatocytes). Other types of cells in the liver also can become cancerous. Due to the liver’s rich blood supply, cancers that begin in another area of the body, such as the GI tract, lung or breast, can easily spread to the liver. These lesions are called metastatic cancers of the liver.
Gall bladder cancer is an uncommon disease that usually does not produce any symptoms at early stages. It may be found when the gallbladder is checked for gallstones or removed. When gallbladder cancer is discovered in its earliest stages, the chance for a cure is very good.
Bile Duct Cancer
Bile duct cancer is a rare but aggressive type of cancer that arises from the cells within the bile ducts, causing blockage of the bile flow from liver to the gut.
Due to the complexity of Liver, Gallbladder and Bile duct cancers, it is recommended that patients be seen by a program specializing in the treatment of such cancers. The surgeons of University Surgical Associates and University Specialty Surgery Associates are experienced and specialize in the treatment of these cancers.