Biliary Cancer: Current Multimodality Treatment and Future Directions

Mehmet Sitki Copur, Shaheed Merani, Luciano M. Vargas

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Abstract

Biliary cancer is a highly aggressive malignancy arising from the biliary tree, with its incidence increasing steadily on a global level. Most biliary cancers are diagnosed in the advanced and metastatic stages due to the paucity of signs and symptoms in the early presentation. Only about one-third of the patients can be treated with curative intent with an overall median survival of less than 24 months for all-comers from the time of diagnosis. This fact and the poor results of the currently available local and systemic therapies, are responsible for the disappointing outcome of biliary cancer patients. There is an unmet need for novel therapeutic approaches. Surgery, the backbone of curative treatments for biliary cancer, is effective in early, completely-resectable stages or in combination with neoadjuvant or adjuvant chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy for locally advanced stages. Systemic therapies in unresectable and recurrent cases are associated with poor outcomes. The introduction of next-generation sequencing technologies has opened new horizons for a better understanding of the molecular basis of this cancer with potential identification and evaluation of new treatment options.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalOncology (Williston Park, N.Y.)
Volume33
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 20 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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