Learn About Ampullary Cancer

What is the definition of Ampullary Cancer?
Ampullary cancer is a rare cancer of the ampulla of Vater. The ampulla of Vater is a small opening that is part of the digestive system located by the small intestine where the bile duct and pancreatic duct join. Ampullary cancer can also form near or spread to the liver and pancreas.
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What are the symptoms of Ampullary Cancer?
Symptoms of ampullary cancer include jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes); itchy skin; anemia; fever; loss of appetite; nausea; vomiting; abdominal pain; gastrointestinal bleeding; rectal bleeding; back pain; pancreatitis; pale, greasy stools; diarrhea; and weight loss.
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What are the current treatments for Ampullary Cancer?
Treatments for ampullary cancer include minimally-invasive surgery (endoscopic resection); laser ablation; open surgery (Whipple procedure, or pancreaticoduodenectomy, in which the head of the pancreas, duodenum, gallbladder, part of the common bile duct, part of the stomach, and nearby lymph nodes are removed); stent placement to drain bile and pancreatic enzymes; chemotherapy; and combined chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
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