intrahepatic bile duct cancer

Pronunciation: (IN-truh-heh-PA-tik bile dukt KAN-ser)

A rare cancer that forms in the bile ducts inside the liver. A bile duct is a tube that carries bile (fluid made by the liver) between the liver and gallbladder and the small intestine. Only a small number of bile duct cancers are intrahepatic.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Anatomy of the intrahepatic bile ducts. Intrahepatic bile ducts are a network of small tubes that carry bile inside the liver. The smallest ducts, called ductules, come together to form the right hepatic bile duct and the left hepatic bile duct, which drain bile from the liver. Bile is stored in the gallbladder and is released when food is being digested.

2015-06-17 Date last modified: 2015-08-31