- By sahlhealth
- May 18, 2021
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Ampullary (AM-poo-la-ree) cancer is a rare cancer that forms in an area of your digestive system called the Ampulla of Vater. The Ampulla of Vater is located where your bile duct and pancreatic duct join and empty into your small intestine.Ampullary cancer forms near many other parts of the digestive system, such as the liver, pancreas and small intestine. When ampullary cancer grows, it may affect these other organs.
Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes) is the most common symptom of ampullary cancer. This is because the tumor in the ampulla of Vater blocks the bile duct. Instead of flowing into the intestines, the bile enters the bloodstream and causes yellowing of the skin.
Other symptoms of ampullary cancer include:
- Loss of appetite and weight loss Abdominal (belly) pain Back pain Pruritus, or skin itchiness, associated with the jaundice Stomach upset and vomiting Diarrhea Gastrointestinal bleeding Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) Pale, greasy stools
Ampullary cancer treatment often involves extensive surgery to remove the cancer and a large margin of healthy tissue.