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Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2018 Aug 1;22(4):E97-E102. doi: 10.1188/18.CJON.E97-E102.

Cholangiocarcinoma: Treatment, Outcomes, and Nutrition Overview for Oncology Nurses.

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1
Bili Project Foundation.
2
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.
3
Johns Hopkins University.
4
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
5
Orange Regional Medical Center.
6
Mayo Clinic.
7
Kaleida Health.
8
Addenbrooke's Hospital.
9
Massachusetts General Hospital.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Cholangiocarcinoma is a cancer that arises from the bile ducts inside or outside of the liver. Although it is a rare cancer, cholangiocarcinoma appears to be rising in incidence in the United States and worldwide.

OBJECTIVES:

The diagnosis of cholangiocarcinoma frequently presents with biliary emergencies from diagnosis through treatment. The lethality of this cancer stems, in part, from challenges with supportive care during treatment. This article provides an overview of intrahepatic and extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, including identification of risk factors, differences in treatment approaches, palliation of symptoms, and insight into commonly asked questions.

METHODS:

A comprehensive review of the current literature regarding incidence, prevalence, and treatment of cholangiocarcinoma was conducted.

FINDINGS:

Nursing literature regarding cholangiocarcinoma is scarce. Studies that focus on nursing care, symptom management, and nursing management of patients with biliary obstruction are needed. Nutrition and palliative care management of patients with cholangiocarcinoma are key areas of nursing management.

KEYWORDS:

bile duct cancer; cholangiocarcinoma; management; nursing; nutrition; treatment

PMID:
30035775
DOI:
10.1188/18.CJON.E97-E102
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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