Cancer of the gallbladder – the organ where bile is concentrated and stored to help the liver digest fats - is a very rare disease, striking fewer than 4,000 Americans each year, mostly adults over 65.

Gallbladder cancer is difficult to detect in its early stages because symptoms typically don't develop until the cancer has grown significantly. Some cases are detected when the gallbladder is removed to treat gallstones and cancer cells are discovered in the tissue.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with gallbladder cancer, talk to us. It's important to learn about your options and take action right away. Survival rates are encouraging when the cancer has not spread to other organs.

City of Hope surgeons specialize in the complex procedures often required to treat gallbladder cancer. Our world-class staff can answer your questions, address your concerns, and deliver a personalized treatment plan with the most innovative, cutting-edge therapies available anywhere.

At City of Hope, we are committed to treating the whole person, body and soul. We have an unmatched reputation for coordinated, compassionate care. We bring together a broad array of cancer expertise from multiple disciplines, all under one roof:

  • State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging and mapping tools
  • Renowned surgeons with specialized gall bladder cancer expertise
  • Robotically-assisted surgery using the da Vinci system
  • Minimally-invasive laparoscopic procedures
  • Ultra-precise radiation therapy including helical TomoTherapy
  • Chemotherapy and targeted drug therapy
  • Pioneering drug research and clinical trials

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.

Nationally Ranked Cancer Center

As one of a handful of institutes to attain the elite designation of Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute , City of Hope is acknowledged as a leader in gallbladder cancer research and treatment. With our decades of experience, specialized therapy protocols and extensive program of clinical trials, newly diagnosed or relapsed patients can find a treatment regimen that is tailored to their needs and gives them the best chance for survival. U.S. News & World Report also named City of Hope as one of the top cancer hospitals in the country.

Learn more about gallbladder cancer, including its risk factors and symptoms.

Care Team

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. 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.

Yi-Jen Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Radiation Oncology
Vincent Chung, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
Donald S David, M.D., F.A.C.G.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Gastroenterology
Marwan G. Fakih, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
Yuman Fong, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Surgical Oncology
Lily Lai, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Surgical Oncology
Dean W. Lim, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
Laleh Melstrom, M.D.,M.S., F.A.C.S.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Melanoma and Sarcoma
  • Liver Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
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Gagandeep Singh, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Surgical Oncology
  • Liver and Pancreatic Surgery
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Yanghee Woo, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Surgical Oncology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery

Tests & Treatments

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:

  • Minimally invasive surgery: When possible, our surgeons will take a minimally invasive approaches to remove gallbladder cancer, such as laparoscopic surgery (using miniaturized operation instruments inserted through a thin tube) and robotically-assisted surgery (using a specially-designed robot equipped with miniature surgical tools and advanced imaging systems, giving the surgeon superior visualization and greater control at the tumor site.
  • Precise radiation delivery: Using advanced imaging techniques, our radiation team can accurately locate and target a gallbladder tumor for treatment, ensuring maximum impact against cancer cells while minimizing exposure to surrounding normal tissues. At City of Hope, these techniques include respiratory gating and four-dimensional computed tomography, to account for organ and tumor movements during breathing.
  • Hepatic Arterial Infusion (HAI): A new development in delivery chemotherapy to treat gallbladder cancer, HAI uses a tiny pump implanted under the skin in the lower abdomen to deliver cancer-killing drugs directly into the main blood vessel entering the liver and surrounding organs, including the gallbladder. This direct method of chemotherapy delivery can be more effective against gallbladder cancer.
  • Novel drug trials: In addition to standard chemotherapy regimens, City of Hope patients can enroll in clinical trials testing new drugs (or new drug combinations) that may be more effective against the disease and/or less toxic to normal tissues.

Learn more about diagnostic tests and treatment options for gallbladder cancer, including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

Clinical Trials

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 colorectal 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:

  • Managing side effects
  • Pain management
  • Navigating the health care system
  • Your emotional, social and spiritual health
  • Staying healthy and active
  • Healthy cooking and eating
  • Healing arts
  • Caregiver skills
  • Dealing with family, school or work stress

Learn more about these resources at our Living with Cancer or Supportive Care Medicine sites.

Additional Resources:

Frequently Asked Questions About Gallbladder Cancer
Statistics About Gallbladder Cancer
Side Effects of Gallbladder Cancer Treatment
Support the Gallbladder Cancer Program
We deliver exquisite care at the leading edge of cancer treatment. It takes the help of a lot of caring people to make hope a reality for our patients. City of Hope was founded by individuals' philanthropic efforts over 100 years ago. Their efforts - and those of our supporters today - have built the foundation for the care we provide and the research we conduct.

For more information on supporting this specific program, please contact

Joe Komsky
Senior Development Officer
Phone: 626-218-6291
Email: [email protected]

Or, you can make a gift to support all the research at City of Hope by donating online.

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