Curbside Consultation in GI Cancer for the Gastroenterologist: 49 Clinical Questions

Douglas G. Adler, MD

Question 27: What Oncologic Treatment Options Exist For Patients With Cholangiocarcinoma Who Are Not Considered Surgical Candidates? (continued)

Kimberly Jones, MD

Patients with cholangiocarcinoma are, unfortunately, often diagnosed at an advanced stage, and, therefore, most are not candidates for potentially curative surgical therapy. Even with available therapy, these patients still have a short life expectancy of, on average, 6 to 12 months. The goal of treatment in patients who are not anatomically resectable or are not surgical candidates is palliation. As this disease usually affects patients in the seventh decade of life, comorbid conditions are important considerations in all aspects of treatment planning.1 Because cholangiocarcinomas are rare…