To Your Good Health by Dr. Keith Roach
Last updated 2/26/2020 at 7am
No screening test for bile duct cancer
DEAR DR. ROACH: A family friend has just been diagnosed with bile duct cancer. She is a breast cancer survivor and is 75 years old. The tumor is said to be the size of a quarter, and it was discovered after she complained of heartburn symptoms.
Are there screening tests that could have detected the condition before the heartburn symptoms? Are there things that she could have done to avoid the cancer? My family members are frightened and want to avoid her condition. -- Anon.
ANSWER: Cholangiocarcinoma, cancer of the bile ducts, is a rare cancer that is...