Living with Gallbladder Cancer

Gallbladder cancer is rare, and usually forms in the innermost tissues of the gallbladder. The majority of gallbladder cancers are adenocarcinomas, which means they originate in gland cells or display gland cell-like structures. Gallbladder cancer affects more women then men, is more common in patients over the age of 65, and has a high incidence among Mexican Americans and Native Americans. Gallbladder cancer afflicts less than 10,000 new patients each year in the United States. Gallbladder survival rates very greatly.

Gallbladder cancer is difficult to diagnose because it often develops asymptomatically. Gallbladder cancer symptoms may include fever, nausea, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes), bloating or lumps in the abdomen, and pain just above the stomach. The stages of gallbladder cancer range from I to IV depending on tumor size and whether it has impacted other organs. Gallbladder cancer treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, removal of the gallbladder and/or part of the liver, or a combination of these.

For more information on gallbladder cancer, read the American Cancer Society's detailed guide

If you have been affected by gallbladder cancer, please be sure to take some time to read others' experiences, share your own experiences, and ask or answer questions.

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