Gallbladder cancer is a condition that starts in the gallbladder. Gallbladder is an important organ, located on the right side, beneath the liver. It has several functions. The most important function of the gallbladder is to store bile. It affects digestion processes, but it can also cause various problems.
Gallbladder cancer is a rare condition. When it starts developing, there are chances for a successful treatment. However, most of gallbladder cancers are detected very late, so chances for a simple treatment are very low.
Gallbladder cancer usually shows no symptoms in the beginning, which makes it hard to detect.
Gallbladder Cancer Symptoms
Gallbladder cancer symptoms usually include:
- Appetite loss
- Abdominal pain (especially on the right side of the upper abdominal area)
- Abdominal bloating
- Unexpected and unexplained weight loss
- Yellowing of the eyes whites and skin
Gallbladder Cancer Causes
We still do not know what factors cause gallbladder cancer. We do know that gallbladder cancer develops due to cell DNA mutations. When this happens, cells begin to grow more and more. When they grow big enough, they can create a tumor.
Gallbladder Cancer Treatment
Gallbladder cancer treatment will depend on the stage of cancer, your own health and other factors. The goal of gallbladder cancer treatment is removing the cancer. If this can’t be done, for any reason, other types of treatment are considered.
While still in early stage, gallbladder cancer can be successfully treated with gallbladder surgery.
In some cases, the entire gallbladder is removed, while in others, a part of liver can also be removed along with the gallbladder.
Sometimes, even after the surgery, gallbladder cancer can return.
If the cancer is in its late stage, and it has spread onto other areas, gallbladder surgery will not be sufficient to solve this problem.
Chemotherapy may be required in such cases. Radiation therapy is also one of the options.
Gallbladder cancer treatment will depend on your doctor’s decision. He will consider other factors and decide about the treatment. However, after the surgery, you will have to make some changes in your lifestyle and your diet. Certain types of food will have to be excluded from your diet. You should talk to your doctor about other things to avoid. If you are well disciplined and you follow your doctor’s instructions, you will avoid further complications. You will have to go for regular checks.