Gallbladder cancer

What Is Gallbladder Cancer?

Gallbladder cancer is a malignant tumor that occurs in the tissues of the gallbladder. Primary gallbladder cancer is less common, and the incidence ratio of male and female gallbladder cancer patients is 1:2, especially women over 60 years old are susceptible to this disease. Gallbladder cancer is the 23rd most common cancer in the world, the 23rd most common cancer in men and the 20th most common cancer in women. According to statistics, there are more than 115,000 new cases of gallbladder cancer in 2020.

So canmiddle and late-staged gallbladder cancer be cured? Minimally invasive techniques with little side effects and trauma can help gallbladder patients avoid surgical removal as well as suffering from traditional radiotherapy, improve the quality of life and effectively prolong the survival period.

For more knowledge about cancer, please consult our doctors online.

Gallbladder cancer Traditional Treatment Methods

  • Surgical treatmentSurgery to remove cancerous tissue and clean cervical lymph nodes that may have metastasis.

  • Radiation TherapyRadiation therapy for follicular adenocarcinoma.

  • chemotherapyOften used as palliative therapy for inoperable or distantly metastatic advanced cancer.

  • Chinese treatmentTraditional Chinese medicine therapy can inhibit the development of cancer, improve the immune function of patients with thyroid cancer, and reduce the toxic and side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
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They come from different countries around the world, but they have experienced the same experience and endured the pain that cancer has brought to them. However, now, with the effective treatment and meticulous care of St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou, they have rekindled their confidence in life and become anti-cancer fighters. Here, they share their anti-cancer experience, love and warmth with everyone.
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Chief Expert of Oncology Department | Chief physician

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Peng Xiaochi
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Director of Oncology Department | Chief Physician

Specialty:Peng Xiaochi, M.D., Ph.D. graduate in Canada, is a member of the Chinese Medica...


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Gallbladder cancer Symptoms

Symptoms of Gallbladder Cancer

Gastrointestinal symptoms: the vast majority of patients will suffer from indigestion, tired of greasy, belching, etc.

Right upper abdominal pain: right upper abdominal discomfort, followed by persistent secret pain or dull pain, sometimes accompanied by intense and intermittent pain, spreading to the right shoulder.

Mass in right upper abdomen.

Jaundice and skin itching: they often occur in advanced course, manifested as yellowish skin and mostly accompanied by itching which is difficult to relieve, especially will be intensified at night.

Fever and emaciation: about 25% of patients develop fever and advanced patients often are accompanied by emaciation and even dyscrasia.

Once above symptoms occur, you need to go to hospital timely for check and prevent the development of gallbladder cancer. The population at high risk should be checked regularly, getting early detection and early treatment, so as to effectively prolong life expectancy.

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Gallbladder Cancer Diagnosis

Diagnosis of Gallbladder Cancer 

Ultrasonography: it can be done to show the size of gallbladder lesions, determining whether there is cancerization and observing whether there are obvious lymph node metastases and liver involvement.

CT scan: after ultrasound examination, the patient who is highly suspected with gallbladder cancer need to do an enhanced CT examination, which can display whether the tumor invades liver or spread to the related lymph nodes.

MRI: it can be used to judge whether there are liver involvement or MRI can be considered to be done when patients appear obstructive jaundice.

PET-CT: it can give a qualitative diagnosis for the occupying lesion of gallbladder and it helps determine whether there are lesions existing outside the gallbladder.

Laboratory examination: to check whether serum tumor markers increase or not, is helpful to do qualitative diagnosis of gallbladder cancer.

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Gallbladder Cancer Staging

The staging of Gallbladder Cancer 

Stage Ⅰ: cancer tissue is confined to mucosa, which means it belongs to primary cancer. Surgery can be done with good effect.

StageⅡ: Cancer tissue has invaded muscular layer. After surgery, the patient’s 5 year survival rate may reach 20%-30%.

Stage Ⅲ: cancer tissue has invaded the whole gallbladder wall. After surgery, the patient’s 5 year survival rate may reach 20%-30%.

Stage Ⅳ: cancer tissue has invaded the whole gallbladder wall and surrounding lymph nodes. Some patients in this stage are applicable to surgical removal, but overall treatment effect is not good. Small part of patients can live more than 5 years.

StageⅤ: Cancer tissue has directly invaded liver and other organs so it means the cancer cells have spread to whole body. Generally speaking, patient in this stage can hardly live more than one year.

There are few symptoms and no specificity in early gallbladder cancer, but early detection and early treatment is the key to increase survival rate. As mentioned above, active surgery has certain significance for improvement of survival rate. If you suspect yourself for developing gallbladder cancer and you cannot distinguish between normal and abnormal signs, you need to ask for help from doctor as soon as possible. If you are diagnosed with gallbladder cancer, immediate treatment should be done so as to prevent it getting worse.

Treatment of Gallbladder Cancer 


1. simple cholecystectomy

2. extended cholecystectomy

3.partial resection of adjacent organs

Radiation therapy: targeting at locally residual or recurrent lesions, high-energy ray can kill cancer cells.

Chemotherapy: by orally taken or intravascular injection, agents can reach every part of body along with blood flow so as to play a role in fighting against cancer.

Targeted therapy: according to the site, design the corresponding treatments or drugs to kill tumor cells. Traditional Chinese Medicine Therapy

Combining pathological mechanism of gallbladder cancer with specific anticancer medicine plays a role in clearing heat and detoxifying as well as killing cancer cells. Chinese medicine therapy not only focuses on local treatment but also the conditioning of systemic function. Through orally taken and arterial infusion, Chinese medicine can reinforce the healthy qi and eliminate the pathogenic factors, tonify qi and nourish blood, harmonize spleen and stomach so as to improve patient’s immunity and also fight against cancer cells.

For more knowledge about cancer, please consult our doctors online. 

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