European Network for the Study of Cholangiocarcinoma (ENS-CCA) | European Cholangiocarcinoma Network

The Disease

Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is a heterogeneous group of malignancies with features of biliary tract differentiation. It is the second most common primary liver tumor type and accounts for around 3% of all gastrointestinal cancers. CCA is a very deadly disease due to its aggressiveness, late diagnosis and treatment refractory nature. The incidence and mortality rates are increasing worldwide and the therapeutic options are limited. Radiotherapy, chemotherapy (palliative), surgical resection (available for 10-30% of cases) and/or liver transplantation are options only for only a few patients who meet certain criteria. After curative surgery more than 50% of patients recur within 12 months. Therefore, there is increasing interest in understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of this cancer type and in identifying new targets for therapy. Moreover, good specific diagnostic and prognostic markers for CCA are still needed.


Our Network

European Network for the Study of Cholangiocarcinoma (ENS-CCA) is a network of active researchers with a broad interest in CCA, and biliary tract cancer in general, which have significantly contributed to the study into the pathophysiology of the biliary tree and development/onset of CCA, pursuing basic, translational and clinical research in an effort to identify treatment options with successful outcome for this type of cancer. For years, our laboratories have generated, together with our colleagues, many of the key advances in this field. ENS-CCA include research groups located in 15 European countries with interest in CCA from Basic, Translational and Clinical research.



Dr. Chiara Braconi

University of Glasgow Beatson

West of Scotland Cancer Centre

Glasgow; UK


Steering committee members

Dr. Jesper B. Andersen

Biotech Research & Innovation Centre, University of Copenhagen

Copenhagen; Denmark

Dr. Guido Carpino

Sapienza University of Rome

Rome; Italy

Dr. Angela Lamarca

Fundacion Jimenez Diaz University Hospital

Dr. Stephanie Roessler

Heidelberg University Hospital, Institute of Pathology

Heidelberg; Germany

Dr. Rocio I.R Macias

University of Salamanca

Biomedical Research Institute of Salamanca

Salamanca; Spain


Past Coordinator: Dr Jesus M. Banales

Past steering committee members: Dr Vincenzo Cardinale, Prof Domenico Alvaro, Dr Guido Carpino, Dr Chiara Braconi, Dr Jesper B. Andersen, Dr Rocio I.R. Macias

Founding members: Jesus M. Banales, Vincenzo Cardinale, Prof Domenico Alvaro, Guido Carpino, Jesper B. Andersen and Rocio I.R. Macias


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