Bile Duct Cancer Symptoms & Causes
Cholangiocarcinoma or, or as doctors also call it, bile duct cancer may result in the following symptoms:
- Jaundice – a case when your skin as well as the whites of your eyes become yellow.
- Your skin may start to itch due to the excess level of bilirubin in your blood.
- Loss of weight for no reason and a significant decrease in appetite.
- Your abdominal mass is enlarged because the tumor presses on the organs located nearby.
- Painful sensations in your abdomen. This symptom, as a rule, occurs if you’re dealing with the case of an advanced bile duct cancer.
- Suffering from fewer and/or nausea. Since your liver doesn’t function as it should, bilirubin starts to accumulate. Infection that occurs because of your bile duct is blocked may also lead to fewer and nausea.
- Changes in your stool or urine. Stools are usually light colored while urine is dark colored. Your stools become lighter in color due to the absence of bilirubin that gets out of your system with urine. That’s why it may be darker than usual.