Bile Duct Cancer

Renowned experts in bile duct cancer treatment

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Renowned experts in bile duct cancer treatment

Scripps provides expert, personalized care for our patients with bile duct cancer. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Green Hospital among the best in the nation for gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery.


This challenging disease — often not found until it has reached an advanced stage — requires highly specialized and comprehensive care. Scripps specialists develop customized treatment plans for bile duct cancer using the most advanced surgical procedures, targeted radiation therapy and more. Our collaborative, multidisciplinary approach puts you at the center of the nation’s best cancer care.

About bile duct cancer

Bile duct cancer is a type of digestive cancer that starts in a bile duct. Bile is a fluid that helps the body digest fats. It’s made by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. The bile ducts are a system of thin tubes that carry bile from the liver and gallbladder to the small intestine. Depending on where the bile ducts are located, they have different names.


Also knows as cholangiocarcinoma, bile duct cancer is not common and shouldn’t be confused with liver cancer or gallbladder cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 8,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with bile duct cancer each year, but because bile duct cancer can be difficult to diagnose, that estimate may be low.

Bile duct cancer symptoms, diagnosis and stages

Scripps bile duct cancer specialists are experts in diagnosing and staging bile duct cancer to develop the best course of treatment. Treatment also depends on whether a patient has other medical conditions, their age and their overall health. Learn more about symptoms, imaging and diagnostic testing and the stages of bile duct cancer below. 

Treatment and clinical trials

Dedicated to providing the best bile duct cancer treatment possible, the Scripps Clinic Pancreas and Biliary Cancer Program is a multidisciplinary team of pathologists, radiation and medical oncologists, gastroenterologists, pancreaticobiliary surgeons, nurses and radiologists. Together, the team works to precisely diagnose and stage each patient’s cancer and develop personalized treatment plans.

Bile duct treatment locations

Scripps diagnoses and treats bile duct cancer at numerous locations throughout San Diego County. From Chula Vista and La Jolla to Encinitas and beyond, our extensive network of Southern California cancer care centers includes:


  • Four Scripps hospitals on five campuses
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Specialty cancer treatment centers


For details on specific centers and their services, visit cancer care locations.

Support groups, services and resources

As leaders in bile duct cancer care, we know what it takes to fight a winning battle. That’s why we equip our patients with the support and resources necessary to achieve their best possible outcome. From connecting you with support groups and services to empowering you with the latest resources and research, Scripps offers a comprehensive lineup to help you along every step of your cancer journey.