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Stages and grades

The stage of bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma) tells you about the size of the tumour and whether it has spread. The grade tells you how abnormal the cells look under the microscope. Your doctor uses this information to help them decide on what treatment you need.

Stages

Find out about staging, and what the number and TNM staging systems are.

Intrahepatic stages and grades

Intrahepatic bile duct cancer starts in the bile ducts in the liver. Find out how doctors stage and grade this type of bile duct cancer. 

Perihilar stages and grades

Perihilar bile duct cancer develops just outside the liver. Find out about how doctors stage and grade this type of bile duct cancer. 

Distal stages and grades

Distal bile duct cancer starts in the bile ducts below the perihilar region near the bowel. Find out how doctors stage and grade this type of bile duct cancer. 

Last reviewed: 
30 Jan 2018

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