Bile duct cancer is cancer that forms in the slender tubes (bile ducts) that carry the digestive fluid bile. Bile ducts connect your liver to your gallbladder and to your small intestine.
Bile duct cancer, also known as cholangiocarcinoma, is a rare form of cancer that occurs mostly in people older than age 50, though it can occur at any age.
Bile duct cancer is differentiated in 2 types based on where cancer occurs in the bile ducts:
- Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma occurs in the parts of the bile ducts within the liver and is sometimes classified as a type of liver cancer.
- Hilar cholangiocarcinoma occurs in the bile ducts just outside of the liver. This type is also called perihilar cholangiocarcinoma.
- Distal cholangiocarcinoma occurs in the portion of the bile duct nearest the small intestine
It’s not clear what causes most cases of bile duct cancer.
Bile duct cancer occurs when cells in the bile ducts develop changes (mutations) in their DNA — the material that provides instructions for every chemical process in your body. DNA mutations cause changes in the instructions. One result is that cells may begin to grow out of control and eventually form a tumor — a mass of cancerous cells.
Factors thought to increase the risk of bile duct cancer include:
- Primary sclerosing cholangitis.This disease causes hardening and scarring of the bile ducts.
- Chronic liver disease.Scarring of the liver caused by a history of chronic liver disease increases the risk of bile duct cancer.
- Bile duct problems present at birth.People born with a choledochal cyst, which causes dilated and irregular bile ducts, have an increased risk of bile duct cancer. Most cases of choledochal cysts are diagnosed in childhood, though some people are diagnosed as adults.
- A liver parasite.In areas of Southeast Asia, bile duct cancer is associated with liver fluke infection, which can occur from eating raw or undercooked fish.
- Older age.Bile duct cancer occurs most often in older adults.
- Smoking is associated with an increased risk of bile duct cancer.
Signs and symptoms of bile duct cancer include:
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
- Intensely itchy skin
- White-colored stools
- Abdominal pain
- Unexplained weight loss
The scope of Homeopathy for cancer management varies depending on the type of cancer, stage of cancer and the general health of the patient. Following are some of the aspects of Cancer management with Homeopathy:
- One of the most distressing complaints associated with some varieties of Cancer is the agonizing pain. Conventional medicines can provide pain relief but only to a certain extent and these medicines are not without any side effects. Moreover, there is always a restriction to the dosage that can be safely administered to the patient. The advantage of administering Homeopathic medicines in such cases is that there can be effective pain control without inducing any side effects.
- Homeopathy can help in improving the general well-being and vitality of the patient.
- Conventional treatment options for cancer (chemotherapy, radiotherapy, etc) are associated with distressing side effects and homeopathy can play a definitive role to counter these side effects.
- The diagnosis of cancer often leaves the patient with a sense of depression, anxiety, and fear. The treatment may induce additional irritability, impatience and mood fluctuations. Homeopathy can influence the psyche of the patient and help him to deal with these emotions in a better way.
- Homeopathic medicines may also have a role to play in controlling the pace at which the disease increases and spread of the disease to other organs.
Homeopathic medicines can also be administered along with the allopathic medicines.