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Getting diagnosed

You usually start by seeing your GP if you have symptoms. Your GP will examine you and might refer you for tests or to see a specialist. If the tests show that you have cancer, you have more tests to find out its size and whether it has spread. This is called staging.

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 for GPs to help them decide who needs to see a specialist for suspected bile duct cancer.


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 the cause of your symptoms.

Tests to stage

After being diagnosed with bile duct cancer you might have other tests to find out the size of the tumour and whether it has spread. Find out about these tests.

Last reviewed: 
30 Nov 2020
Next review due: 
30 Nov 2023
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