Cancer of the gallbladder – the organ where bile is concentrated and stored to help the liver digest fats - is a very rare disease. Gallbladder cancer is difficult to detect in its early stages because symptoms typically don't develop until the cancer has grown significantly.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with gallbladder cancer, talk to us. Inroads are being made in the treatment of gallbladder cancer, and seeking medical care at a comprehensive cancer center provides the experience and options necessary to successfully attack this rare but serious disease.
If you have been diagnosed with gallbladder cancer or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment, request an appointment online or contact us at 800-826-HOPE. Please visit Making Your First Appointment for more information.
Because gallbladder cancer is rare, few physicians have experience treating them. Patients who seek treatment or second opinions at a comprehensive cancer center, such as City of Hope, will have the most experienced doctors and therapy options not available elsewhere, such as clinical trials of promising drugs or minimally invasive surgical techniques that can reduce side effects and recovery time.
Additionally, for over a decade, U.S. News & World Report has named City of Hope as one of the top cancer hospitals in the country.
We are committed to treating the whole person, body and soul and we have an unmatched reputation for coordinated, compassionate care. City of Hope brings together a broad array of cancer expertise from multiple disciplines, all under one roof:
Plus, your supportive care continues long after treatment is complete. Our specialists will help you adjust to post-treatment diet and lifestyle changes, and our unique family and survivorship programs will assist your loved ones.
Catching gallbladder cancer early — before they have a chance to grow and spread — is crucial to successful treatment.
Although there are no screening guidelines for this cancer, it can be detected during a patient’s annual physical exam. If blood tests reveal abnormal liver enzymes, positive results on follow-up tests — and ruling out other diseases — may indicate gallbladder cancer.
In between exams, people should contact their physician if they experience any of the following, which may be symptoms of these cancers:
Every patient is different, with different needs. City of Hope treats you as a valued individual. Our entire team works together to bring you precise, state-of-the-art surgical, radiation, drug and other therapy options that will deliver the best outcome for you. We support you every step of the way, both during treatment and long after, helping you and your loved ones manage your recovery.
Highlights of City of Hope's gallbladder cancer treatment program include:
Learn more about diagnostic tests and other information on gallbladder cancer.
City of Hope’s renowned physicians and researchers utilize the latest in technology and innovation to treat cancer, coupled with our enduring belief in providing unparalleled compassionate care.
At City of Hope, we offer access to numerous clinical trials aimed at improving survival rates and enhancing quality of life. Many of these new therapies are not always available elsewhere.
Our latest research covers many areas including new drug combinations that prevent gallbladder cancer recurrence, profiling of cancer tissue at the molecular level to determine genetic abnormalities, and blocking a specific protein known to cause a form of the disease.
Learn more about our current clinical trials.
When you come to City of Hope, you automatically gain access to an unparalleled array of support services to help you and your family take each step in your lymphoma journey. We can help with all of these concerns, and more: