NCCN Quick Guide™ | Hepatobiliary Cancers

1 of 2 NCCN QUICK GUIDE tm Hepatobiliary Cancers, 2018 This NCCNQUICK GUIDE tm sheet summarizes key points from the complete NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Hepatobiliary Cancers. T hese guidelines explain which tests and treatments are recommended by experts in cancer. To view and download the guidelines, visit NCC N.or g/patients or, to order printed copies, visit What is the hepatobiliary system? The hepatobiliary system is a part of the digestive system. The function of the hepatobiliary system is to help absorb nutrients and help remove waste from the body. 8 What are the hepatobiliary cancers? Liver cancer There is more than one type of primary liver cancer in adults. The most common type is HCC ( h epato c ellular c arcinoma). 12 Gallbladder cancer Gallbladder cancer is the most common type of biliary tract cancer. This cancer starts in the gallbladder. 14 Bile duct cancer Cholangiocarcinoma, also known as bile duct cancer, starts in the bile ducts. This cancer is also called a biliary tract cancer. 16 How do your doctor and you decide on a treatment plan? The results from the exam of your body, imaging tests, and in some cases a biopsy will determine your next steps of care. Talking with your doctor about the type of hepatobiliary cancer and cancer stage will help with treatment planning. 24 Is surgery often the main treatment for hepatobiliary cancers? It depends on where the cancer is in the body and the size of the tumor. Surgery may not be an option for some people if the cancer has spread or because of other medical conditions. 29 NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® Page Number Ü NCCN GUIDELINES FOR PATIENTS ® NCCN QUICK GUIDE tm Hepatobiliary Cancers 2018 LIVER, GALLBLADDER, AND BILE DUCT CANCERS