What is Cholangiocarcinoma?
Liver Health Cholangiocarcinoma is a primary liver cancer that occurs within the bile ducts.
Also known as bile duct cancer, or biliary tract cancer, for many it is a devastating diagnosis.
• It’s the world’s second most common primary liver cancer, yet it is little known and poorly understood
• It’s the cause of approximately 1,800 deaths each year in the UK alone
• Fewer than 5% will survive one year from diagnosis
• The incidence is increasing, and we don’t know why
• It’s difficult to diagnose clearly and accurately
• Most are diagnosed too late for potentially curative surgery
• In the western world the cause is generally unknown, most cases are sporadic
• Thailand has the world’s highest incidence, caused by eating raw fish infected with a liver fluke (Opisthorchis vivverini)
AMMF is the UK’s only cholangiocarcinoma charity, working to:
• Raise awareness
• Provide information to those who need it
• Encourage and support research, especially into finding ways to achieve better and clearer early diagnosis