To speak to a specialist cancer nurse,
freefone the National Cancer Helpline
1800 200 700
Mon—Thurs 9am—7pm Fri 9am—5pm
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with gallbladder cancer, we can provide the information you need, from understanding the cancer itself, to choosing the right treatment, to finding support.
The gallbladder is a small organ in your abdomen, just under your liver. It stores bile, which is a digestive fluid made by your liver. Bile breaks down fats during digestion in the small bowel (intestine).
Tiny tubes called bile ducts connect your gallbladder to your small bowel and liver. Together, the gallbladder and bile ducts are known as the biliary system.
When cancer develops in your gallbladder, the cells change and grow in an abnormal way. As the cancer grows it forms a collection of cells (tumour). This tumour can cause a blockage and cause symptoms, such as jaundice.
Gallbladder cancer is not very common. It is a difficult cancer to diagnose because of where it is found in the abdomen.
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Freephone 1800 200 700 to talk to a specialist cancer nurse
It's open Monday-Thursday from 9am to 7pm and Friday from 9am to 5pm