This post was most recently updated on February 12th, 2020

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The rare malignant cancer- Bile duct Cancer affect bile ducts of human body. Bile duct cancer is also known as Cholangiocarcinoma. The carcinogenic cells affect the duct, less commonly, they’re squamous cell carcinomas, which develop in the squamous cells that line your digestive tract. Tumors that develop outside of your liver tend to be fairly small. But those in the liver can be small or large. This type of cancer is very rare and doesn’t show signs and symptoms until it becomes severe. But in some cases it shows some symptoms and we can take early diagnosis steps to prevent it from becoming fatal. ( Read about Bile duct cancer in detail ).

Signs of Bile duct cancer


Jaundice is the most common sign of bile duct cancer . But having Jaundice doesn’t mean you have cancer. Neither jaundice is caused by cancer. Jaundice is caused by hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) or a gallstone that has traveled to the bile duct.

Changed Stool Color

Cancer can block the release of bile and pancreatic Juice into the intestine and it can lead to indigestion of fatty food. The undigested food can cause different stool color. They might also look bulky, greasy and float in the toilet.

Changed Urine color

High Bilirubin can affect the color of urine and can make the urine color dark.

Nausea and vomiting

Nausea and vomiting are the common signs of Jaundice. Those who have infection due to cancer can feel nausea and vomiting

Other Symptoms of bile duct cancer

  • Itching
  • Abdominal pain
  • Appetite loss/ weight loss
  • Fever