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Getting diagnosed

Read more about seeing your GP and referral to see a specialist. You will have tests to diagnose bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma) and find out whether it has spread (the stage). 

Seeing your GP

Find out what happens when you see your GP and how to get the most out of your appointment.

Referral to a specialist

There are guidelines GPs have to follow to help them decide who needs to see a specialist for suspected bile duct cancer and how soon.


There isn't a screening programme for bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma). Find out why. 

Tests to diagnose

There are a number of tests you might have to find out if a cancer is causing your symptoms or if something else is. 

Tests to stage

These tests find out the position of the cancer, how big it is and whether it has spread.

Last reviewed: 
27 Jan 2015

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