The gallbladder is a small organ that lies under your liver. Most gallbladder cancer cases occur in people older than 70. This type of cancer strikes women about twice as often as men.
Having gallstones is the most common risk factor for this type of cancer. Up to 90 percent of people with gallbladder cancer also have gallstones and an inflamed gallbladder.
Cancer of the gallbladder is often hard to detect, partly because of its interior location. Many people do not have any symptoms in the early stages of the disease.
Your treatment plan will depend on your age and health, and the extent of your disease. You may need surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of these.
Your doctor or nurse can explain the possible side effects of your treatment and can help manage these side effects. It's important that you let your doctor or nurse know if you experience any side effects.
Learn more about gallbladder cancer from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Physician Data Query (PDQ®) for patients. It includes information about prevention, screening, and treatment.