Early detection is the best protection
Knowledge is power when it comes to a cancer diagnosis. The Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center is here to answer your questions and serve as your ampullary cancer experts.
What is ampullary cancer?
Ampullary cancer is a malignant tumor that arises from the ampulla of vater, the last centimeter of the common bile duct as it passes through the duodenum, the first section of the intestine. All pancreatic and biliary secretions enter the duodenum through the ampulla of vater. It is a rare cancer and accounts for 0.2% of all cancers of the gastrointestinal tract.
What are the signs and symptoms of ampullary cancer?
Jaundice: yellow skin and eyes
Loss of appetite
Unexplained weight loss
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
Pain in abdomen or back
Pale greasy stools
What are the risk factors?
What is the treatment for ampullary cancer?