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Gallbladder cancer

The information on this page was reviewed and approved by
Maurie Markman, MD, President, Medicine & Science at CTCA.

This page was updated on July 14, 2021.

Gallbladder cancer requires expert care. Know your options.

Gallbladder cancer is rare, but when it does occur, it is usually diagnosed in advanced stages. Gallbladder cancer may be difficult to diagnose, in part because the gallbladder is small and buried deep in the body, making tumors harder to find. Also, symptoms do not typically appear until the disease has progressed.

At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), we use a range of diagnostic tools and techniques to help diagnose and stage your cancer and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs. We also offer supportive care services to help you manage the side effects of treatment, so you are better able to maintain your strength, stamina and quality of life throughout treatment.

What you should know after a gallbladder cancer diagnosis

Treatment options

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We target gallbladder tumors with sophisticated, evidence-based treatments and technology. Your multidisciplinary team of gallbladder cancer experts will answer your questions and recommend treatment options based on your unique diagnosis and needs. Common treatments for gallbladder cancer include:

Surgery is a common treatment for gallbladder cancer, and is used to remove the tumor or relieve symptoms. It may also be used to help alleviate pain if the cancer is more widespread.

Chemotherapy may be used in addition to surgery to reduce the risk of recurrence or in cases where the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

Radiation therapy
Radiation may also be used after surgery or as a palliative treatment if the cancer has spread.

Learn more about treatments for gallbladder cancer

Supportive care

We understand that managing the side effects of gallbladder cancer treatment is critical to your quality of life. In addition to treating your cancer with evidence-based conventional approaches, your care team may recommend various supportive care therapies designed to help you stay strong throughout treatment. They may include:


​Nutritional support

Every patient has the option of meeting with a registered dietitian.


​Pain management

Pain management is a branch of medicine focused on reducing pain and improving quality of life through an integrative approach to care.


​Oncology rehabilitation

​Oncology rehabilitation includes a wide range of therapies designed to help you build strength and endurance.

Rosie Painter

Rosie P.

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"We called the toll-free number to inquire about a second opinion. Even from that first phone call, I felt well cared for. There were no voice prompts to wade through or shuttling from one person to the next. After meeting with the care team and being exposed right away to CTCA’s Mother Standard® of care, I had a CT scan and was walked through a proposed treatment plan a day or so later. "


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