Gallbladder cancer starts in the pear-shaped organ under the liver called the gallbladder. The gallbladder stores bile, a fluid made in the liver. Bile is what helps people digest the fats in foods as they pass through the small intestine. Although the gallbladder helps digest food, you don't necessarily need it. Many people have their gallbladders removed and continue to live normal lives.
Choosing a Gallbladder Cancer Specialist in Florida
In most cases, gallbladder cancer is not usually found until it has become advanced and starts to cause symptoms. For this reason, it’s important to get treatment at a cancer center such as Moffitt where you can consult with multiple providers across a range of specialties, rather than just one physician.
Gallbladder cancer patients benefit from our unique, collaborative approach to treatment. As a high-volume cancer center, Moffitt is led by a team that routinely addresses uncommon diseases like gallbladder cancer. Our expert multispecialty team includes:
- Surgical oncologists
- Medical oncologists
- Radiation oncologists
Individualized Treatment Options
Treatment options for gallbladder cancer will depend on a patient’s specific conditions. One of the most effective forms of treatment is the surgical removal of the gallbladder and surrounding tissue, including the lymph nodes. Other treatment options include chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Moffitt is also at the forefront of clinical trials for the treatment of gallbladder cancer. These breakthrough discoveries include innovative therapies that have shown early success but have not become widely implemented yet.
Why Gallbladder Patients Choose Moffitt
As recognition for our extensive research efforts and advanced clinical trials, Moffitt has been a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. The only such center based in Florida.
As one of the fastest-growing cancer centers in the U.S., we have multiple locations in the Tampa Bay area and continue to expand. We are also proud to have established partnerships with Memorial Healthcare System and AdventHealth as we work together to deliver top-notch diagnosis, treatment and support to our patients.
At Moffitt, we provide comprehensive cancer care under one roof. Our patients also have access to these diagnostic services:
- State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology
- Genetic testing
- Labwork and bloodwork
- Cancer screenings
Traveling for Treatment
Patients traveling from throughout Florida don’t need to worry about travel concerns while receiving care at Moffitt. We provide assistance finding local accommodations at our partner hotels, many of which offer discounted rates and shuttle services to and from our center.