Liver Cancer – Gallbladder Cancer – Bile Duct Cancer

The liver, gallbladder, and bile duct are all connected. As well as the diseases that occur to one of them, they are often related to the other organs.
This article will tackle some of these diseases, Liver cancer, Gallbladder cancer, and Bile duct cancer.

Liver Cancer

The liver is a large glandular organ located in the upper part of the abdominal cavity, beneath the rib cage.

Some types of cancer start in the liver cells, and others spread to the liver (Metastatic cancer). Cancer is named for the organ where cancers form. For example, the name metastatic lung cancer indicates that cancer started in the lungs and metastasized (spread) to the kidney, and it is not a type of liver cancer. Metastatic cancers are more common than cancer that starts in cells of the kidney.

Types of Liver Cancer

  • Hepatocellular carcinoma, makes up 75% of liver cancers.
  • Hepatoblastoma; a rare cancer, and it typically occurs in children.
  • Cholangiocarcinoma, makes up 6% of liver cancers.
  • Liver hemangioma.
  • Vascular sarcoma, Embryonal Sarcoma, Fibrosarcoma, and Angiosarcoma.
  • Less common types of cancer: Teratoma, Yolk sac tumor YST (Endodermal sinus tumor EST), Carcinoid, and lymphoma.

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Bile Duct Cancer

Bile duct cancer, or Cholangiocarcinoma, is an uncommon cancer that forms in the bile ducts that move bile from the liver or gallbladder to the small intestines. This type typically occurs in people above 50 years old, however, it can occur at any age.

Types of Cholangiocarcinoma

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Gallbladder Cancer

The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped pouch located in the upper right part of the abdomen, specifically under the right part of the liver. The gallbladder’s function is to store the bile produced by the liver in order to help with digestion and fat absorption in the small intestines.
Gallbladder cancers are uncommon. And if they are discovered at an early stage, the survival rates would be very good, however, in most cases, the disease is discovered at an advanced stage, when the prognosis is often very bad.

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Types of Gallbladder Cancer

  • Glandular cancer, makes up 85% of gallbladder cancers, divided into 3 types:
  • Nonpapillary adenocarcinoma (75%).
  • Papillary adenocarcinoma.
  • Mucinous adenocarcinoma.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma, makes up to 5-3% of gallbladder cancers.
  • Other highly rare types, such as gallbladder lymphoma, and sarcoma.

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Protecting Against Liver, Gallbladder, and Bile Duct Cancers

  • Reduce or refrain from alcohol.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Be careful when dealing with harmful chemicals, like arsenic.
  • Get a hepatitis B vaccine.
  • Avoid practices that might lead to hepatitis. Such as getting injected with unclean or used needles, or having sex with someone with hepatitis.
  • Treat the diseases that can cause liver cancers, such as diabetes, or hemochromatosis.
  • Regularly do liver cancer tests if you have several risk factors.
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