After treatment for gall bladder cancer

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What follow-up do I need?

Your doctor will tell you when they want to see you again after your treatment. 

The follow-up may involve having a physical exam, an ERCP or blood tests. You will also have the chance to ask any questions you have, and to let your doctor know if you are having any problems or finding it hard to cope. 

If you are between check-ups and have a symptom or problem that is worrying you, contact your doctor or specialist nurse for advice or to make appointment, if necessary.

If you become suddenly unwell and can’t contact your specialist nurse or hospital team, go to your GP or the emergency department at the hospital.

Feelings after treatment

It can take some time to come to terms with a cancer diagnosis, even after your treatment has ended. Read about feelings after treatment and where to get support.

Living a healthy lifestyle 

Many people want to live a healthy lifestyle after getting a cancer diagnosis. However, when you are not feeling well or when you are on treatment there may be limitations on what you can or cannot do. Call our Support Line at 1800 200 700 or speak to one of our cancer nurses in our Daffodil Centres about this or any other worry you have. Get some advice on healthy living here.

What if the cancer comes back?

It’s not always possible to remove all of the cancer with surgery. In this situation your medical team may recommend further treatment such as chemotherapy, targeted therapies and / or radiotherapy. If the cancer comes back it would often be to the lymph glands and organs nearby such as the pancreas, bile ducts and liver.

It can enhance the benefits of treatment if the symptom control team (also known as the palliative care team) are also involved. Read more about palliative care.

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