Malignant cell growth in the gallbladder is known as gallbladder cancer.
The gallbladder is a little organ on the top of your stomach that aids food digestion.
Gallbladder cancer frequently exhibits no particular signs or symptoms, so identification becomes challenging. Gallbladder cancer is also more likely to spread undetected due to the gallbladder’s relative secrecy.
Symptoms of gallbladder cancer
Gallbladder cancer detects no symptoms at all or could be challenging to see.
Signs and symptoms include:
- Jaundice causes your skin or the whites of your eyes to turn yellow; other symptoms include itchy skin, darker pee, and lighter feces than usual
- Appetite loss or weight loss without attempting to
- A high temperature or the sensation of being hot or shivering
- Feeling of nausea
Your digestion may also be affected by additional signs like:
- An ill feeling or
- Painful stomach discomfort on the right side
- Severe abdominal pain
Causes for cancer in the gallbladder
The actual cause of gallbladder cancer is unknown.
Doctors know that developing DNA abnormalities in healthy gallbladder cells leads to gallbladder cancer. The instructions directing a cell’s actions are up on the DNA. When other cells typically stop growing and begin to die, the alterations instruct the cells to do the opposite and continue to exist. The accumulating cells create a tumor, which has the potential to move outside of the gallbladder.
The epithelial cells that line the gallbladder’s inner surface are where most gallbladder cancers start. Adenocarcinoma, which develops in these cells, is the medical term for gallbladder cancer.
The following factors can raise the risk of gallbladder cancer:
- Your sexual orientation. In women, gallbladder cancer is more prevalent
- Age. becoming older rise the chance of gallbladder cancer
- A background of gallstones. People who now have gallstones are more likely to develop gallbladder cancer
- Bile duct inflammation
Treating a gall bladder cancer
Radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and surgery are all possible forms of treatment.
You might be able to undergo surgery to remove the gallbladder if the cancer is caught early and has not spread.
Reviewed by – Dr. Priyanka, MBBS MD Microbiology
Page last reviewed: 16 JULY 2022