Gallbladder Cancer

What is Gallbladder Cancer?

A gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ located just beneath the liver. It stores a digestive fluid called bile, produced by your liver. There are three main layers of tissue on the walls of gallbladder.


Gallbladder cancer arises when cells in a gallbladder alter and grow out of control, resulting in the formation of a tumour. Gallbladder cancer is quite uncommon. This cancer can be cured perfectly if diagnosed at an early stage. It can also lead to calcification of the gallbladder, a problem known as porcelain gallbladder.


The following are some typical signs and symptoms of gallbladder cancer:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Jaundice
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Losing weight without trying


It is hard to tell as to what exactly causes gallbladder cancer. But some of the factors that may cause this disease are:

  • Bile duct abnormalities
  • Gallbladder polyps


Factors that can increase the risk of gallbladder cancer include:

  • Sex - gallbladder cancer occurs more often in women.
  • Age - people diagnosed with this disease are generally older than 65.
  • Obesity
  • A history of gallstones


  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Mantain a healthy weight
  • Regular exercise

How is it diagnosed?

In order to detect the extremity of gallbladder disease, there are various tests and procedures available. After diagnosing your condition, the doctor will get an idea of how far this cancer has sp...

How is it treated?

Depending upon several factors like- stage of cancer, feasible side effects and patient’s preferences, there are many treatment options available for gallbladder cancer.


  • Chemotherapy

    Inoculated via mouth as pills or into a vein, anti-cancer drugs are being utilized by chemotherapy during the treatment of gallbladder cancer.

  • Radiation therapy

    Radiation therapy uses powerful particles and rays to kill cancer cells in a particular area of the body.

  • Surgery

    Surgery is a good option if you have an early stage gallbladder cancer. It can be used to remove the gallbladder or the affected portion of the liver.

When do I contact the doctor?

One should consult a doctor if any signs and symptoms of gallbladder cancer are observed.

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