- Gallbladder cancer facts*
- What is gallbladder cancer?
- What are risk factors for gallbladder cancer?
- What are symptoms and signs of gallbladder cancer?
- What exams and tests are used to diagnose gallbladder cancer?
- What factors affects the prognosis for gallbladder cancer?
- How is the staging of gallbladder cancer determined?
- What is the treatment for gallbladder cancer?
- Where can people get more information about gallbladder cancer?
- Find a local Oncologist in your town
Gallbladder cancer facts*
*Gallbladder cancer facts by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
- Gallbladder cancer is a rare disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the gallbladder.
- Risk factors for gallbladder cancer include being female, and Native American.
- Symptoms of gallbladder cancer include jaundice (yellowing of skin and whites of eyes), pain, fever, nausea and vomiting, bloating, and lumps in the abdomen.
- Gallbladder cancer is difficult to detect and diagnose because there often are no noticeable signs in the early stages. When there are symptoms they often resemble other illnesses, and the gallbladder is hidden behind the liver.
- Ultrasound, liver function tests, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) or CA 19-9 assay, CT scan, MRI, X-ray, biopsy, and blood tests can help diagnose gallbladder cancer.
- Gallbladder cancer can be cured only if it is found before it has spread, when it can be removed by surgery. Other treatments include radiation and chemotherapy.
Gallbladder cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the gallbladder.
Gallbladder cancer is a rare disease in which malignant (cancer) cells are found in the tissues of the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ that lies just under the liver in the upper abdomen. The gallbladder stores bile, a fluid made by the liver to help digest fat. When food is being broken down in the stomach and intestines, bile is released from the gallbladder through a tube called the common bile duct, which connects the gallbladder and liver to the first part of the small intestine.
The wall of the gallbladder has 3 main layers of tissue.
- Mucosal (innermost) layer.
- Muscularis (middle, muscle) layer.
- Serosal (outer) layer.
Between these layers is supporting connective tissue. Primary gallbladder cancer starts in the innermost layer and spreads through the outer layers as it grows.
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