What is gall bladder cancer?
When cancer develops in your gall bladder, 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. Gall bladder cancer is rare − about 50 people are diagnosed with it every year in Ireland.
What is the gall bladder and what does it do?
The gall bladder 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 gall bladder to your small bowel and liver. Together, the gall bladder and bile ducts are known as the biliary system. There are lymph nodes near the gall bladder. Cancer can spread to the lymph nodes which is why they are often removed during surgery. If there is cancer also in the lymph glands your doctor will use this information to stage your cancer and to decide what treatment is most suitable.
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