Bile duct cancer starts in the bile ducts, which are thin tubes between the liver and the small intestine. The ducts move bile (a greenish-brown alkaline fluid that aids digestion) from the liver and gallbladder to the small intestine, where it helps digest the fats in food.
Depending on where it's located in the bile duct system, cancer is classified into three types:
• Intrahepatic bile duct cancers
• Perihilar (also known as hilar) bile duct cancers
• Distal bile duct cancers
Nearly all bile duct cancers are called cholangiocarcinomas (composed of mutated epithelial cells). Most of these are adenocarcinomas, which are cancers that start in glandular cells. Bile duct adenocarcinomas develop from the mucous gland cells that line the inside of the duct.
Bile duct cancer can affect your body in many ways. As part of the digestive system, bile ducts help digest food properly. If cancer spreads to the liver, the chemical balance of the body will be disturbed.
Causes & Symptoms of Bile Duct Cancer
Researchers do not know the exact cause of most bile duct cancers. However, there seems to be a link between these cancers and things that irritate and inflame the bile ducts — bile duct stones, choledochal cysts, parasites, cirrhosis of the liver, or something else.
Bile duct cancer does not usually cause signs or symptoms until later in the course of the disease, but sometimes symptoms can appear sooner and lead to an early diagnosis. Bile duct cancer symptoms include:
• Light-colored / greasy stools
• Dark urine
• Abdominal pain
• Loss of appetite / weight loss
• Nausea and vomiting
Who Gets Bile Duct Cancer
The average age of people diagnosed with cancer of the intrahepatic bile ducts (within or originating in the liver) is 70, and for cancer of the extrahepatic bile ducts (situated or originating outside the liver), it is 72.
Bile duct cancer is more common in men (13 cases per 100,000 people) than women (4.4), and among Asian / Pacific Islander (20.8 for men), Hispanic (19.5) and American Indian / Alaska Native (18.5) populations.
Prognosis if You Have Bile Duct Cancer
For treatment purposes, doctors often use a simpler system based on whether or not cancer can likely be removed (resected) with surgery:
• Resectable cancers are those that doctors believe can be removed completely by surgery.
• Unresectable cancers have spread too far or are in too difficult a place to be removed entirely by surgery.
Generally speaking, most Stage 0, I, and II cancers and possibly some Stage III cancers are resectable. Most Stage III and IV tumors are unresectable.
However, this also depends on other factors, such as the size and location of cancer and whether a person is healthy enough for surgery.
The 5-year relative survival rate for intrahepatic bile duct cancer:
• Stage I – 15 percent
• Stage II and III – 6 percent
• Stage IV – 2 percent
The 5-year relative survival rate for extrahepatic bile duct cancer:
• Stage I – 30 percent
• Stage II and III – 24 percent
• Stage IV – 2 percent
Conventional medicine’s main types of treatment for bile duct cancer include:
• Radiation therapy
• Palliative therapy
Sources: American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, Cancer Research UK
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If the liver itself is damaged almost beyond repair, there is an electromedicine protocol which may help. It has reversed damaged livers which no other protocol I know of has reversed.
The electromedicine product is called the iMRS. It is a special magnetic pulser. Be sure to ask the vendor for the protocol for protecting the liver. Use Google to find a vendor.
Protocols: How to Treat Bile Duct Cancer
The Cellect-Budwig Protocol is recommended for bile duct cancer because it is a good detox protocol. However, being a good detox protocol actually places a burden on the liver (which cannot be avoided if you want to detox the liver), thus it is critical to use a coffee enema to stimulate the liver to help flush the toxins from the liver.
Primary Treatment – Cellect-Budwig
The Cellect-Budwig Protocol is recommended for both liver cancer and bile duct cancer because it is a good detox protocol. However, being a good detox protocol actually places a burden on the liver (which cannot be avoided if you want to detox the liver), thus it is necessary, indeed it is critical, to use a coffee enema to stimulate the liver to help flush the toxins from the liver.
(Note: Colonic Hydrotherapy might not be as effective at stimulating the liver as a coffee enema.)
This protocol includes extensive juicing, especially carrot juicing. Here are some comments about vegetable juicing, with carrot juice as the main ingredient:
- “The effects of carotenoids – alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lycopene, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, lutein, canthaxanthin, astaxanthin – on the invasion from rat liver tumor cells were investigated. All the carotenoids examined inhibited the invasion in a dose-dependent manner. Cancer cells previously cultured with hypoxanthine (HX) and xanthine oxidase (XO) showed a highly invasive activity. However, the carotenoids, 5 mu M of beta-carotene and astaxanthin, suppressed this free radical invasive capacity. The results suggest that the anti-invasive action toward the tumors be a result of the antioxidant properties of these carotenoids.”
Raw beet juice is another vegetable juice which is good at protecting the liver. This juice should be part of the vegetable juice which has carrot juice as its base.
WARNING: Do not drink beet juice by itself, always mix it with carrot juice.
In fact, all aspects of the Cellect-Budwig are critical for treating liver cancer and bile duct cancer.
Water – If a medical professional agrees it is safe, a person treating liver cancer should drink between 1/2 gallon and 1 gallon of natural water per day to help flush the liver. See:
Required Addition – High RF Frequency Generator and Amplifier
The High RF frequency generator and amplifier (not its real name) is an electromedicine device which generates specific resonant radio frequencies which are known to revert cancer cells into normal cells. One of the secrets to cancer is that its electro physiology differs from normal cells. The frequency generator has been very effective against liver cancer and bile duct cancer because in the normal use of the product the RF frequencies and their emitted fields pass directly through the liver and bile duct.
It reverts cancer cells into normal cells (see the “What Causes Cancer” article).
The High RF frequency generator is patterned after the original High RF frequency generator that Dr. Royal Rife successfully used in the 1930s and 1940s. In addition to devitalizing microbes and viruses, it uses much more modern technology and includes targeted frequency sweeps and other specific frequencies to clean up the ‘bio-terrain' of the body to promote a better immune response by raising the pH (alkalinity) of the body. White blood cell (leukocytes) production will substantially increase when the immune system is improved.
Use the High RF Frequency Device – Plasma or Contact for Liver Cancer and Bile Duct Cancer.
See this article:
Frequency Generator article
Where to Buy the ICRF “Research Model” High RF Frequency Generator and Plasma Tube Amplifier:
Copy and paste the above website address into your web browser's address field. Go to the vendor’s website that sells the High RF Frequency Generator and oscillator plasma amplifier which can broadcast high RF frequencies using a plasma ray tube antenna. You’ll be able to see photographs of the generator and amplifiers including full specifications and pricing at their website. They offer excellent technical support.
Highly Recommended Supplemental Protocol: Essiac Tea
Essiac Tea is commonly used for liver cancer.
Two of the four herbs in Essiac Tea are designed to detoxify the liver. Rene Caisse, who designed the protocol, understood the importance of protecting the liver while treating cancer. This protocol is in addition to the coffee enema in the Cellect-Budwig Protocol.
“[Rene] did little with the Essiac formula until 1924 when her aunt developed stomach and liver cancer. The doctors had given her aunt six months to live. Rene obtained permission from her aunt's physician, Dr. R. O. Fisher, to administer the herbal tea treatment. Rene later said, ‘My aunt lived for twenty-one years after being given up by the medical profession. There was no recurrence of cancer.'
“Rene Caisse's mother was diagnosed with liver cancer in 1935. An internationally known doctor, Roscoe Graham, informed her that her mother had just “days to live.” Rene never told her mother of the cancer, but treated her with Essiac for ten days, slowly reducing the dosage. Her mother recovered completely and lived another eighteen years until her death at age 90 of heart failure.
“Although the focus on Essiac has been as a cancer treatment, it alleviated and sometimes cured many chronic and degenerative conditions because it cleanses the blood, the liver and strengthens the immune system.”
With any herbal treatment the closer you get to the grower (in terms of time), the more effective the protocol will be. As time passes after the herbs are cut, the herbs lose their bioavailability.
It should be remembered that Rene grew her own herbs and usually used them within 24 hours of cutting them. If fresh herbs are available, and can be used within a couple of days of cutting, for mild cases of liver cancer or bile duct cancer (e.g. six months to live or more), this treatment may be all that is needed. For advanced cases of liver cancer or bile duct cancer consider it a supplemental treatment.
But even if you cannot get fresh herbs, the liver-protecting capabilities of this tea will always help.
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Highly Recommended Supplement: Quantum Liver Complex (For Liver Cancer)
Another product to protect the liver is Quantum Liver Complex. It is a superb combination of products which will help protect the liver. Use Google to find a vendor.
Other Protocols to Consider
“Ellagic acid promotes carcinogen detoxification by stimulating the activity of various isoforms of the enzyme glutathione-S-transferase in hepatoma (liver cancer)(Barch and Rundhaugen, 1992). Another mechanism by which ellagic acid could inhibit tumor initiation is through its potential role as scavenger of the reactive metabolites of carcinogens.” “Ellagic acid reduced the number of altered foci and the incidence of hepatocellular neoplasms in rats with liver cancer induced by N-2-fluorenylacetamide (Tanaka).”
“Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an excellent antioxidant that is protective for a liver that has been damaged by ischemia (reduced blood flow). CoQ10 is also an important component of healthy metabolism. It protects the mitochondria and cell membrane from oxidative damage and helps generate ATP, the energy source for cells. CoQ10 is absorbed by the lymphatic system and distributed throughout the body.” “It is important to take CoQ10 with some kind of oil such as fish or flaxseed because dry powder CoQ10 is not readily absorbed without it.” The oil this quote refers to is part of the Budwig diet.
“Additionally, vitamin D3 has demonstrated the ability to inhibit liver cancer cell growth (Majewski et al. 1996). Cancer patients should take 4000-6000 IU of vitamin D3 every day on an empty stomach.”
“Vucenik I, Tantivejkul K, Zhang ZS, Cole KE, Saied I, Shamsuddin AM. IP6 in treatment of liver cancer. I. IP6 inhibits growth and reverses transformed phenotype in HepG2 human liver cancer cell line. Anticancer Res.1998;18(6A):4083-4090.” “Vucenik I, Zhang ZS, Shamsuddin AM. IP6 in treatment of liver cancer. II. Intra-tumoral injection of IP6 regresses pre-existing human liver cancer xenotransplanted in nude mice. Anticancer Res. 1998;18:4091-4096.” “IP -6 has been used against a wide variety of cancers. Blood based cancers such as leukemia are the most sensitive, with solid tumors needing a larger dose. Most studies at this point have used either animals or human cancer cells in vitro, i.e. in a test tube. As an example, adding IP -6 to human liver cancer cells resulted in complete inhibition of tumors. Human liver cancer cells injected into mice resulted in 71% tumors. Cells pretreated with IP -6 resulted in no tumors. Pre-existing liver cancers regressed. In another study with Rhabdomyosarcoma, tumors were suppressed from 25 to 49 fold.”
“AbulKalam M. Shamsuddin, MD, PhD., a professor of pathology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, has written a book (Nature's Revolutionary Cancer-Fighter, Kensington Publishing Corp.) about his studies of IP-6. His research has shown that it can slow or stop the growth of liver cancer cells in the laboratory and in mice. Dr. Shamsuddin has reported that while IP-6 doesn't actually kill cancer cells, it makes them behave like normal cells, thus eliminating the danger they pose. A number of laboratory studies have confirmed his findings. Research suggests that IP-6 can boost immune function, help lower cholesterol, prevent formation of kidney stones, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, and prevent the complications of diabetes.”
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“Glutathione is a small protein composed of three amino acids: cysteine, glutamic acid and glycine. It is involved in detoxification of the liver and the body. Glutathione [binds] to toxins, such as heavy metals, solvents, and pesticides, and transforms them into a form that can be excreted in urine or bile. Glutathione is also an important antioxidant, counteracting the effects of free radicals produced in the body by oxidation reactions.”
How to Prevent Bile Duct Cancer
There is no known way to prevent most bile duct cancers. Many of the known risk factors for bile duct cancers, such as age, ethnicity, and bile duct abnormalities, are beyond our control.
There are lifestyle decisions you can make to lower the risk of developing bile duct cancers, including maintaining a healthy weight by being active and eating a healthy diet: vegetables; fruits; whole-grain bread, pasta, and cereals; fish; poultry; and beans. Also, you should limit processed meat and red meat.
The immune system contains many different types of “cells,” however, only a handful of these white blood cells actually kill cancer cells. It should be the intent of a person with cancer to focus on treatments that quickly increase the count of the cancer-killing white blood cells.
The second thing to note is that building the immune system is sometimes not the highest priority of those with cancer. People with only a few months to live should definitely take immune system building products — and focus more on the nutrients, foods and products that kill cancer cells directly, such as the Grape Cure, Noni Juice, Essiac Tea, etc. or revert the cancer cells into normal cells.
With rare exceptions, it is highly advisable to use natural substances to deal with the immune system to treat cancer, no matter what stage the cancer patient is in.
Immune System Health
A healthy immune system remains your body's best defense. Not only is a weak immune system a major reason patients have cancer — and cancer itself can further weaken the immune system.
Beta glucans help regulate the immune system, making it more efficient. In addition, beta glucans stimulate white blood cells (lymphocytes) that bind to tumors or viruses and release chemicals to destroy it.
Beta Glucan has been approved in Japan, Australia, South Korea, and Taiwan as an immunoadjuvant therapy for cancer. In fact, helping with cancer is just the beginning with Beta Glucan. There have thousands of studies showing the product can protect against infections, lower your cholesterol, lower blood sugar, reduce stress, increase your antibody production, heal wounds, help radiation burns, overcome mercury-induced immunosuppression (like Thimerosal, used as a preservative in vaccines), help with diabetes, and even naturally prevent metastasis (or the spreading of your cancer).
Harvard Medical School suggests following general good-health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward keeping your immune system strong and healthy:
• Don't smoke.
• Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat.
• Exercise regularly.
• Maintain a healthy weight.
• Control your blood pressure.
• If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
• Get adequate sleep.
• Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.
• Get regular medical screening tests for people in your age group and risk category.
More Information: Building the Immune System
Your diet plays a role in a healthy immune system. The top vitamins your immune system needs to perform include:
• Vitamin C — helps to repair and regenerate tissues and aids in the absorption of iron
• Vitamin E — a powerful antioxidant that helps your body fight off infection
• Vitamin B6 — supports adrenal function and is necessary for key metabolic processes
• Vitamin A — aids immune function and helps provide a barrier against infections
• Vitamin D — modulates cell growth, promotes neuromuscular and immune function, and reduces inflammation
• Folate — key in development of red blood cells (a lack of Folate can make the body susceptible to cancer)
• Iron — helps your body carry oxygen to cells
• Selenium — slows the body's overactive responses to certain aggressive forms of cancer
• Zinc — slows the immune response and control inflammation in your body
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