Cancer can start in or spread to the liver and to the nearby bile ducts and pancreas. For more information, or an appointment at the GI/Hepatobiliary Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic, call 877-BEAT-CANCER (877-232-8226) today.
The biliary system consists of the organs and ducts (bile ducts, gallbladder, and associated structures) that are involved in the production and transportation of bile. The transportation of bile follows this sequence:
The biliary system's main function includes the following:
Bile is the greenish-yellow fluid (consisting of waste products, cholesterol, and bile salts) that is secreted by the liver cells to perform two primary functions, including the following:
Bile salt is the actual component which helps break down and absorb fats. Bile, which is excreted from the body in the form of feces, is what gives feces its dark brown color.
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