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Stanford’s Cholangiocarcinoma (Bile Duct) Expertise

Physicians at Stanford's Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Program are pioneering the use of advanced techniques that improve both diagnosis and treatment of cholangiocarcinomas.

State of the art technologies include:

  • Advanced diagnostic imaging technologies, including:
    • Ultrasound imaging
    • PET/CT imaging
    • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with a new 3T magnet for improved resolution
  • Advanced techniques in endoscopy for both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
    • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) with endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
    • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) with bile duct brushing and stent placment/exchange
  • Expertise in Radiation Therapy, using:
    • Intraoperative Radiotherapy (IORT), using radiation to augment the effectiveness of surgery
    • Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) for focused treatment and minimal toxicity to healthy tissue
  • Skilled surgeons who perform high-volume cancer operations, including laparoscopic procedures to offer more rapid recovery than standard surgery.
  • Chemotherapy in the Cancer Center's newly expanded, patient-friendly infusion center.
  • Liver transplant referral to Stanford's Transplant Center, which has survival rates exceeding the national average

Stanford operates a dedicated weekly multi-specialty Hepatobiliary Tumor Board (Liver Tumor Board) attended by hepatobiliary surgeons, medical oncologists, interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, transplant surgeons, diagnostic radiologists, and pathologists.

When appropriate, patients are invited to participate in studies of new treatments as well as large-scale multicenter clinical trials.

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