Treating Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer
At Scott & White, You're Treated as a Person, Not a Diagnosis
- Our Tumor Board Sets Us Apart
As a cancer patient at Scott & White, in addition to having a highly experienced Integrated Care Team, you'll also benefit from the expertise of the Scott & White Tumor Board.
Led by senior staff, our multidisciplinary board consists of gallbladder and bile duct cancer experts who discuss available approaches to care and formulate patient-specific treatment plans. This helps ensure you receive the highest quality, individualized care.
Scott & White’s mission to provide personalized, comprehensive care is the foundation for the Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Program. Our gastroenterologists and surgical oncologists are authorities in the surgical removal of gallbladder and bile duct tumors. Our radiation and medical oncologists are nationally renown, as well, in the event you need radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
As a Scott & White patient, you'll benefit from having a multidisciplinary team — your Integrated Care Team — working together to provide you with the best care possible at all stages of your cancer treatment.
The best part for a patient who comes here — and I’ve heard this from many patients over and over — is that we work as a team. All patients get comprehensive, personalized care from each discipline — gastroenterology, medical oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology — that’s coordinated for the patient’s benefit.
The members of your Integrated Care Team bring together the collective skill and expertise from all the specialties and subspecialties involved in your care, which can include:
Integrated Care Team members receive training in the most up-to-date surgical, radiation and medical therapies. And because Scott & White is a research institute and a teaching hospital, our oncologists can offer you the most current treatments available.
Collaborative Care and Expertise Help Ensure the Best Outcome for You
Sophisticated cancer care takes teamwork. That's why Scott & White promotes a collaborative environment.
We assess all patients with a surgical opinion, a medical oncology opinion and a radiation oncology opinion. As a patient, we'll present you with the best treatment options for your stage of cancer so you can decide what's right for you.
Your Integrated Care Team will meet to discuss your specific needs and determine the best treatment options for you to consider. Then your lead physician will talk with you and, if you'd like, your family, about the team’s recommendations.
Together, you and your lead physician will decide which treatment choice is best for you.
Throughout your treatment, your physicians will continue to meet regularly to discuss your care. This ongoing, close collaboration helps ensure the best outcome for you.
Following active treatment, the cancer team will work with you to create the most appropriate follow-up care plan.
Your Treatment Options
At Scott & White, we explore every treatment option, considering surgical and nonsurgical alternatives. In many cases, your cancer treatment will include a combination of approaches. Treatment options include:
- Radiation Therapy
Factors That Impact Your Treatment
Your treatment options for HCC generally depend on these factors:
- Type of liver cancer
- Severity of symptoms
- Your age
- Your overall health status
- Your personal preference
When I see patients, they do tend to have a lot of questions — a lot of unanswered questions at that point — and so the first appointment tends to be a fairly extensive appointment, at which time we talk about the disease, the disease process, what to expect, and what we can do to help them.