Cancer of the gallbladder is rare. It is diagnosed in two different ways:
Gallbladder cancer found on scans
Gallbladder cancer may be found on scans performed to diagnose a patient's illness. Unfortunately gallbladder cancer is often quite advanced by the time it is diagnosed and in this case it may not be possible to do an operation to remove it. If it is less advanced then it may be amenable to major surgery involving removal of the gallbladder and a large part of the liver.
Gallbladder cancer found after surgery for gallstones
Sometimes gallbladder cancer is diagnosed 'incidentally' after removal of the gallbladder for gallstones. After this operation the gallbladder is always examined under the microscope and very occasionally a small cancer is found. It this situation it may be advisable to have further surgery to remove the part of the liver to which the gallbladder was attached.
As described above, an operation for gallbladder cancer may involve either removal of the gallbladder and a large part of the liver, or a much smaller liver operation.
All four HPB consultant surgeons can be contacted as follows:
Care UK, Plymouth
0333 321 1953
Please contact us at the hospital where you are being treated. We shall do our best to answer your queries as quickly as possible.
We have tried to be as accurate as possible with the information in this website.
However, each patient is different, so some information may not apply to your specific circumstances.