Your Treatment Team for Gallbladder Cancer
Gallbladder cancer is a rare cancer of the gallbladder, a tiny organ that stores bile, a digestive enzyme manufactured by the liver. Most often gallbladder cancer is diagnosed at late stage, making it more challenging to treat.
The GI Tumor Team offers a high-volume surgical service for the surgical treatment of gallbladder cancer. Gallbladder surgery, called a cholecystectomy, can remove just the gallbladder or also some of the tissue around it, as well as nearby lymph nodes.
Chemotherapy is a treatment that uses therapeutic drugs to kill or slow tumor growth and prevent recurrence. It is often prescribed in addition to surgery or radiation therapy. Chemotherapy can be taken by mouth or injected into a vein or muscle. In addition to oral and systemic chemotherapy, patients with gallbladder cancer may receive novel biologic immune therapy.
- Radiation Oncology
Radiation Therapy uses a type of high-energy X-ray to kill cancer cells. It is often combined with surgery or chemotherapy to prevent recurrence of the cancer. Radiation is also used when surgery is not an option because the cancer is too far advanced. The Gallbladder Team offers brachytherapy and neoadjuvant radiation therapy, as well as the latest high-tech, extremely precise radiation techniques such as intensity-modulated radiation therapy and Novalis Radiosurgery.
- Clinical Research Trials
Moffitt’s GI Tumor Program supports landmark research in drug discovery, surgery, molecular therapy, immune therapy, endoscopy, risk assessment and detection. Breakthrough discoveries in the lab become early stage translational research studies and then patient clinical trials. Moffitt is known for its cutting-edge research in personalized medicine, which designs targeted treatments that improve patient outcomes, reduce side effects and prevent disease recurrence.
- Treatment for Pain
Moffitt Cancer Center offers extensive pain and palliative care services. Your Bile Duct Treatment Team will address both pain management and symptom management to help improve your quality of life. Pain-relieving medications and minimally invasive procedures, including a biliary bypass, endoscopic stent placement and percutaneous trans-hepatic biliary drainage, can help reduce symptoms. In addition, Moffitt’s Integrative Medicine service offers a number of complementary modalities, such as acupuncture, massage therapy, imagery and relaxation techniques that can help control pain and offer a greater sense of well-being.