Biliary Cancer Treated by Specialists in the Baltimore Region

At The Center for Liver and Hepatobiliary Diseases at Mercy in Baltimore, Dr. Paul Thuluvath, Dr. Anurag Maheshwari and Dr. Hwan Yoo are dedicated to diagnosing and treating diseases of the biliary tract system. When patients are faced with biliary disease, including biliary cancer, they turn to the expertise of our doctors for the most advanced treatment options.

About Biliary Cancer
Biliary cancer is found in the organs of the biliary system. The primary types of biliary cancer are hepatocellular carcinoma, or liver cancer, and cholangiocarcinoma, or bile duct cancer. Pancreatic cancer and gallbladder cancer also can be considered forms of biliary cancer.
Symptoms & Diagnosis

Patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a chronic, progressive disease of the liver, are at risk for biliary cancer.

Symptoms of biliary cancer include:

Patients are screened for biliary cancer with sophisticated techniques performed through an endoscope. “Spyglass”, which allows doctors unparalleled views of the system, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram, or ERCP, and endoscopic ultrasound are used to diagnose biliary cancer.

Treatment Options for Biliary Cancer
Biliary cancers are treated surgically or with stents that are placed during an endoscopy. A liver transplant may be recommended for certain patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis or bile duct cancer.
The Melissa L. Posner Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy provides diagnosis and treatment for a range of gastroenterology issues including heartburn, liver disease, bowel conditions, motility disorders and pancreatic disease.