The Personalized Medicine Foundation and CancerConnect are pleased to provide patients and caregivers the opportunity to ask questions about the management of liver and bile duct cancers including cholangiocarcinoma. 

Dr. Tanios Bekaii-Saab, MD FACP is the Professor of Gastrointestinal Cancer Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

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Tanios Bekaii-Saab, MD FACP Professor of Gastrointestinal Cancer Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Click here to submit your question to Dr. Bekaii-Saab.

Is there a standard initial treatment for stage IV Cholangiocarcinoma? 

Gemcitabine Cisplatin is currently the standard of care . Its also important to get NGS testing performed. - learn more about Cholangiocarcinoma here

Should I get NGS testing if i have a liver cancer?

The short answer is yes. The role of many of the more effective precision cancer medicines is determined by NGS testing in liver cancer. Less common cancers like cholangiocarcinoma can also be more effectively treated if a biomarker can be defined that has an available precision medicine. 

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