Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is a devastating malignancy that is difficult to treat because of its insensitivity to conventional therapies and the inability to detect early tumor formation. Novel molecular techniques have enabled the use of serum and bile markers for CCA diagnosis and prognosis. Herein, we summarize the principal characteristics of serum and bile markers of CCA. Biomarkers such as interleukin-6, matrix metalloproteinases, serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine) and bile acids have shown promise for improving CCA diagnosis. Several markers such as CYFRA 21-1, MK-1 and C-reactive protein were recently shown to be effective for CCA prognosis.
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