Tests after diagnosis for gall bladder cancer

Doctor looking at x ray CT scan

After your diagnosis your doctor may want you to have more tests to find out more about your cancer:

  • How large is the cancer?
  • Where exactly is the cancer?
  • Has the cancer spread to any other parts of your body?

This is called staging. Staging tests for gall bladder cancer include:

  • CT scan: A type of X-ray to give a picture of the tissues inside your body
  • MRI scan: This is a scan that uses magnetic energy to build up a picture of the tissues inside your body. 
  • Ultrasound scan: A device like a microphone passed over your tummy to give a picture of your gall bladder and nearby organs. It can show any abnormal changes. 
  • Blood tests: Blood tests can check how well your liver is working
  • Angiography: An X-ray that looks at the blood vessels around your gall bladder by injecting a special dye into them. This dye can be seen on the X-ray and shows if any blood vessels are blocked or affected by a tumour.  

Staging is important as it helps your medical team decide on the best treatment for your cancer.

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