Gallbladder Cancer—Patient Version

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The gallbladder lies just under the liver in the upper abdomen. The gallbladder stores bile, a fluid made by the liver that helps digest fat.

Almost all gallbladder cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids).

Gallbladder cancer is hard to diagnose in the early stages because there are no signs or symptoms. Gallbladder cancer may be found when the gallbladder is checked for gallstones or removed.

Anatomy of the gallbladder. The gallbladder is just below the liver.


PDQ Treatment Information for Patients

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Causes & Prevention

NCI does not have PDQ evidence-based information about prevention of gallbladder cancer.
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NCI does not have PDQ evidence-based information about screening for gallbladder cancer.
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