Gallbladder Cancer Overview
Gallbladder cancer is cancer that begins in the gallbladder. Your gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, just beneath your liver. The gallbladder stores bile, a digestive fluid produced by your liver.
Gallbladder cancer is uncommon. When gallbladder cancer is discovered at its earliest stages, the chance for a cure is very good. But most gallbladder cancers are discovered at a late stage, when the prognosis is often very poor. Later symptoms can include:
- abdominal (tummy) pain
- feeling sick
Gallbladder cancer involves the abnormal growth of cells within the gallbladder. Although it is not known why this happens, it is thought that certain things can increase your chances of developing the condition. However, apects of your lifestyle, such as obesity, smoking and an unhealthy diet are believed to increase the risk of gallbladder cancer.
It is difficult to diagnose Gallbladder cancer because it often causes no specific signs or symptoms. Also, the relatively hidden nature of the gallbladder makes it easier for gallbladder cancer to grow without being detected. tial tests to confirm gallbladder cancer include:
- blood tests
- an ultrasound scan
- a computerised tomography (CT) scan
The main treatment for gallbladder cancer is surgery to remove the gallbladder and possibly some of the surrounding tissue. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are sometimes used as well, either on their own, or in combination with surgery.