University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Bile Duct Cancer Clinic

A bile duct is a tube that carries bile (fluid made by the liver that helps digest fat) between the liver and gallbladder and the intestine. There are several bile ducts. Bile duct cancer may be found inside the liver (intrahepatic) or outside the liver (extrahepatic).

Experts at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center understand bile duct cancer and work as a team to design the best treatment plan. A typical team is made up of surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists, as well as social workers and nurses. Treatment plans may include:

  • Clinical trials
  • Chemotherapy
    • Hyperthermia: uses heat to destroy the tumor cells
    • Radiosensitizer drugs: make the tumor more sensitive to radiation therapy
  • Immunotherapy (biological therapy) - works to boost, direct, or restore your body's natural defenses against disease
  • Radiation therapy - external or internal beam
  • Surgery
    • Removal of the bile duct
    • Removal of part of the liver
    • Whipple procedure: the head of the pancreas, the bile duct, the gallbladder, part of the stomach and part of the small intestine are removed
    • Bile duct bypass
    • Stent placement
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Location and Contact

Cancer Clinic, Pomerantz Pavilion West Addition
Elevator M, Level 1
319-356-4200

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