Gall bladder cancer is the uncontrolled growth of cancerous cells in the gall bladder.
Causes are usually not known but risk factors include:
- Polyps of gall bladder
- Abnormalities of the bile duct
- Calcium deposits on the wall of gallbladder
Symptoms appear only at later stages and may include:
- Upper right abdomen pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Weight loss
- Intense itching
Treatment varies according the stage of cancer and may be used to manage the symptoms when cancer cannot be cured. It includes:
- Surgical removal of the gallbladder and other affected areas
- Radiation therapy to destroy cancerous cells with help of radiation
- Chemotherapy to control the spread of cancer with help of medication
- Stenting to aid bile flow by opening the blockage
There is no known way to prevent gallbladder cancer.