Ampullary (AM-poo-la-ree) cancer is rare and similar to pancreatic and bile duct cancers. The name comes from the ampulla of Vater, where the bile duct and pancreatic duct meet. Ampullary cancer can block bile from flowing through the bile ducts and into the small intestine, causing the skin and eyes to turn yellow (jaundice) and other symptoms. These symptoms can cause people to seek treatment earlier than they would for most pancreatic cancers, leading to better outcomes.
May 09, 2011