Bile Duct Cancer Specialist

Southern California Multi-Specialty Center

Vascular Surgeons & Pancreatic and Robotic Surgeons located in Porter Ranch, CA & Sherman Oaks, CA

Bile duct cancer requires surgery that’s often complex, as surrounding organs may also be affected. Dr. Babak Eghbalieh at the Southern California Hepatobiliary Pancreatic & Robotic Surgery Institute is a highly-experienced surgeon and a specialist in robot-assisted surgery, which can produce superior results. If you’re faced with cancer, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Eghbalieh. He sees patients throughout the Southern California area, with offices in Valencia, Porter Ranch, and Sherman Oaks, California, and a new office opening in Los Angeles in the near future.

Bile Duct Cancer Q & A

Where does bile duct cancer develop?

Bile duct cancer, or cholangiocarcinoma, can occur anywhere along the bile duct, from the small bile tubules that begin in the liver, down to where the duct enters the small intestine. This type of cancer isn’t common in the United States, where about 8,000 people are diagnosed yearly. It usually occurs in older adults around the age of 70.

What are the symptoms of bile duct cancer?

Since cancer often obstructs the bile duct, bile can build up and cause jaundice. As a result, one sign of bile duct cancer is yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes. Jaundice also makes your skin itch, so intense itching is another symptom of bile duct cancer. Other symptoms include fatigue, weight loss, abdominal pain, and white-colored stools.

What are the risk factors associated with bile duct cancer?

A risk factor is something that increases the chance of developing a disease. It doesn’t mean you will get bile duct cancer, but the presence of any of the following factors means you may have a higher risk for developing the cancer:

  • Older age
  • Obesity
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Smoke tobacco
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Bile duct cyst (choledochal cyst)
  • Genetics: In the U.S., the risk of bile duct cancer is highest among Hispanic Americans and Native Americans. Worldwide, this type of cancer is more common in Southeast Asia and China.

Why is surgical treatment so important?

Surgical removal of bile duct cancer is the only treatment that offers a cure. The extent of the surgery depends on where the cancer is located.

When cancer occurs near the bottom of the duct, some of the nearby pancreas may need to be removed. If the cancer occurs in the top part of the duct, Dr. Eghbalieh must remove the affected duct and part of the liver. If a significant portion of the duct is removed, Dr. Eghbalieh reconstructs the remaining duct to attach it back to the small intestine.

Dr. Eghbalieh is an expert in robot-assisted surgery, which is well suited for the type of complex surgery performed to treat bile duct cancer. The advanced robot-assisted surgical device gives the doctor superior visualization of the area being treated and a range of motion that supports the delicate task of removing cancer then reconnecting the bile duct.

The best outcome is achieved when surgery is performed by a specialized team that includes an experienced surgeon. Dr. Eghbalieh has extensive expertise in surgical removal of bile duct cancer and offers personalized treatment to patients with cancer.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Dr. Eghbalieh accepts many of the largest Insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the accepted plans. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Facey Medical Group
Health Net
Healthcare Partners
Imperial Health Holdings
Medi-Cal
Medicare
Regal HMO
United Health Care
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