West Cancer Center is positioned as the region’s comprehensive leader in adult cancer care and research. Our team at West Cancer Center offers an unparalleled gallbladder cancer treatment plan for patients across the Mid-South region – collaborating with West’s leaders in radiation therapy, medical oncology, surgical oncology, and research to provide each patient with most individualized care possible.
Signs or symptoms prior to diagnosis are rare. Many patients diagnosed with gallbladder cancer experience no signs or symptoms before they receive a diagnosis. Because of this, determining the stage of progression is critical.
A patient may have one or more of the following procedures to determine your diagnosis:
- Imaging: your physician may perform one or more imaging tests – including CT scans and MRI scans – to help determine the location of the cancer and the extent to which the cancer has spread.
- Blood tests
Your Treatment Plan
Your gallbladder cancer treatment plan will vary depending on multiple factors, including but not limited to your stage of diagnosis, as well as the location of your cancer. Your dedicated team of cancer experts will discuss your treatment options and plan with you, allowing you and your loved ones to consider all possible treatment options for your diagnosis.
Potential treatment options for your diagnosis included:
- Cholecystectomy: a surgical procedure often used for early stage disease in which the gallbladder is removed in its entirety. Treatment for later stages often requires the removal of some portion of the liver and bile ducts, in addition to the complete removal of the gallbladder.
- Radiation therapy: often used with chemotherapy for the treatment of gallbladder cancer, radiation therapy is the use of high-powered radiation beams to kill cancer cells. To learn more Radiation Oncology and the types of radiation therapies offered at West Cancer Center, click here.
- Chemotherapy: a drug therapy designed to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells, chemotherapy may be used with radiation therapy and surgery to treat your cancer.