Gall bladder cancer

What is Gall bladder cancer?

Gallbladder cancer is a relatively uncommon cancer. It has peculiar geographical distribution being common in central and South America, central and eastern Europe, Japan and northern India; it is also common in certain ethnic groups e.g. Native American Indians and Hispanics. If it is diagnosed early enough, it can be cured by removing the gallbladder, part of the liver and associated lymph nodes. Most often it is found after symptoms such as abdominal pain, jaundice and vomiting occur, and it has spread to other organs such as the liver.

It is a rare cancer that is thought to be related to gallstones building up, which also can lead to calcification of the gallbladder, a condition known as porcelain gallbladder. Porcelain gallbladder is also rare. Some studies indicate that people with porcelain gallbladder have a high risk of developing gallbladder cancer, but other studies question this. The outlook is poor for recovery if the cancer is found after symptoms have started to occur, with a 5-year survival rate close to 3%.

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my mother in law has stage 4 gall bladder cancer, she was diagnosed in November of last year, this morning she started having a fever and vomiting...

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Cancer is a delicate situation when detected at stage 4 disease involving the gall bladder and which is advanced. It...

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My grandmother is 92 yrs old and she was dignosed with gall bladder cancer. The doctor is releasing her today, they said there is nothing else they...

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you are facing with fact that your grandma will probably pass aways within few months since this is...

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My father-in-law was diagnosed with gall bladder cancer at the beginning of the year, had surgery to remove the gall bladder and a piece of the...

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I have gone through your question. I can understand your concern. He has gall bladder cancer with metastasis in liver. So it became stage...

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