Patient Guide in Biliary Tract Cancer

(Cholangiocarcinoma, gallbladder cancer and ampullary cancer)

AMMF is pleased to have worked with ESMO (European Society for Medical Oncology) in developing a comprehensive guide for biliary tract cancer patients, their relatives and caregivers.

This guide provides the most current information in cholangiocarcinoma, gallbladder cancer and ampullary cancer, including:

  • What is the biliary tract
  • Terminology used in cholangiocarcinoma, gallbladder cancer and ampullary cancer
  • Explanation of the three types of cholangiocarcinoma: intrahepatic, hilar and extrahepatic
  • Symptoms and risk factors
  • Examinations, tests and scans used to diagnose biliary tract cancer
  • Treatment options: surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy
  • Clinical trials and advances, including molecular profiling
  • Stents, what they are, why they are used and the problems that can occur
  • Possible side effects of treatment, and how to manage them




The guide can be downloaded by clicking here.

Alternatively, printed copies are available from AMMF.
Please email to request one.





This guide is not intended to replace medical advice.  The medical information in all ESMO’s Patient Guides is based on the ESMO Clinical Practice Guidelines.

February 2020