How is cholangiocarcinoma staged?
A biopsy tells your healthcare provider if you have cancer, but it can also tell them the cancer’s stage. Staging is the process of finding out how much cancer is in your body. This information helps your healthcare provider plan treatment. For bile duct cancer, staging looks at the size of the tumor and whether cancer has spread from the bile ducts to the:
- Blood vessels.
- Lymph vessels and lymph nodes.
- Organs near the bile ducts, such as the liver or gallbladder.
- Distant organs, such as the lungs, bones or abdominal cavity (called the peritoneum).