Gallbladder cancer occurs when cancer cells develop in the tissues that make up the gallbladder. This organ is responsible for storing bile, a fluid that the liver makes to remove fat and other waste products from the body. When cancer occurs in the gallbladder, it normally begins in the inner layers of the organ before expanding to the surrounding tissue and potentially spreading to the liver and other nearby organs. The difficulty in diagnosing gallbladder cancer is that the gallbladder is a tiny organ concealed by the liver, and early detection is often difficult. As a result, this condition is usually identified in late stages, making it more challenging to treat.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, our gallbladder tumor team has extensive experience treating all stages of gallbladder cancer. From Moffitt’s Gastrointestinal (GI) Oncology Program, you will receive the most promising, thorough treatments available, and our team will address all of your health care needs and concerns.
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To ensure that you receive the best possible care, a multispecialty group of surgeons, medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, nurses and other experts takes a collaborative and coordinated approach to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for your gallbladder cancer. A few of the treatment options that we offer for patients who have been diagnosed with this form of GI cancer include:
- Radiation oncology
- Clinical research trials
- Pain management and other supportive care services
Depending on the stage and other qualities of your gallbladder cancer, we may recommend more than one of these treatments. Moffitt Cancer Center has been recognized for its extensive research efforts and advanced clinical trials, and as a result is a designated Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. This designation not only speaks to our expertise, but our advanced therapies not yet available at other facilities in Florida.
For more information about our gallbladder cancer program, call 1-888-MOFFITT or schedule an appointment online. No referral is needed to meet with our multispecialty gallbladder team.