Photodynamic Therapy for Unresectable Cholangiocarcinoma

  title={Photodynamic Therapy for Unresectable Cholangiocarcinoma},
  author={Yutaka Tomizawa and Jianmin Tian},
  journal={Digestive Diseases and Sciences},
Cholangiocarcinoma (CC) is a rare primary malignancy of the biliary tract with a dismal prognosis. Curative resection can only be applied to a small proportion of early diagnosed patients. Palliative biliary drainage by either percutaneous or endoscopic insertion of endoprostheses improves quality-of-life by reducing pruritis, cholangitis, and pain, but has been reported to improve survival time only slightly. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a relatively new local, minimally invasive palliative… CONTINUE READING
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