There are a number of tests available to confirm a suspected gallbladder diagnosis. However, one of the inherent difficulties with gallbladder cancer is that it is difficult to diagnose early since the initial stages of the cancer have few – if any – symptoms. When a physician suspects that a patient may have gallbladder cancer, it is important to detect and stage the condition as quickly as possible in order to provide the best possible treatment. The most effective treatment of gallbladder cancer depends on the extent of the condition and whether the cancer has spread beyond the gallbladder, which is why an accurate and thorough diagnosis is so important.
Typically, gallbladder cancer can be diagnosed with a number of tests, including:
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
- Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography
- Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography
- PET scan
- Endoscopic ultrasound
- Laparoscopic ultrasound
Additionally, liver function tests, blood work and physical examinations are often a component of the diagnostic process as well.
For patients who have received a gallbladder cancer diagnosis or are in need of diagnostic testing, Moffitt Cancer Center is here to help. Our Gastrointestinal Oncology Program is staffed by some of the leading physicians, surgeons, radiologists and other oncology specialists in the country, and as a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, we offer a full range of breakthrough treatments designed to help treat all stages of gallbladder cancer. The multispecialty gallbladder team at Moffitt works together to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that is specifically tailored to the individual dynamics of your condition, and our team will provide you with the highest quality of care available.
For more information about the gallbladder cancer diagnosis services that we offer at Moffitt Cancer Center, call 1-888-MOFFITT or complete our online form. No referral is required.