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Dr. Devon Webster
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Where does gallbladder cancer metastasize?

Where does gallbladder cancer metastasize?

Liver first: The most common sites are liver, lung, and brain. Other sites reported include the eye, heart, port sites, and bones. ...Read more

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Metastasis (Definition)

A cancer begins in an organ (say the breast). If it gets into the blood stream or the lymphatic stream the cells can travel to other parts of the body where, in the right environment, they may settle and grow. This development of tumor growth far away from the original site ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Gallbladder cancer with severe lung metastasis 4th stage, does chemotherapy work?

Gallbladder cancer with severe lung metastasis 4th stage, does chemotherapy work?

GB cancer is: Uncommon, so few studies done prospectively. Looking at results in people treated empirically, perhaps one person in 10 will respond. That needs to be balanced against side effects that tend to occur in most. Frank discussion about symptom rrelief focus rather than "shrink tumor" at all cost. ...Read more

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Ben Ferguson
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How do you diagnose gallbladder cancer?

How do you diagnose gallbladder cancer?

Several ways.: The majority of gallbladder cancers are diagnosed after the gallbladder is removed for a reason other than suspicion of gallbladder cancer. For those still in place, (endoscopic) ultrasound is the most common and useful diagnostic tool, but other imaging methods such as ct, mri, and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) are useful as well. Lab studies are not very useful. ...Read more

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Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Is there a known cause for gallbladder cancer?

Is there a known cause for gallbladder cancer?

No: Chronic inflamed gall bladder may be associated, but that is quite common, and gb cancer remains quite rare. ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Lawenda
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What is aggressive gallbladder cancer?

What is aggressive gallbladder cancer?

Depends: The microscopic analysis of the tissue can be categorized by a grading system of factors that suggest whether a tumor is likely to be more or less "aggressive;" high grade and low grade, respectively. The stage of the cancer is the most important prognostic factor in term of outcome. Read more about it here: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/gallbladder/patient. ...Read more

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Dr. Tri Nguyen
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What can you do to reduce the risk of developing gallbladder cancer?

What can you do to reduce the risk of developing gallbladder cancer?

Nothing definite.: It's a very rare kind of a tumor. There is no known cause and thus no recognized preventive measure, aside from avoiding harmful high-fat foods, which cause a host of illnesses, including cancer and others. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Dickson
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Why is it more common to get gallbladder cancer as a woman than as a man?

Why is it more common to get gallbladder cancer as a woman than as a man?

?: I've seen it in both men and women. I'm not sure there is a prevalence for one over the other, but it wouldn't affect the treatment even if there was. ...Read more

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Dr. Igor Grosman
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How can you tell of someone has gallbladder cancer? Can u see it on imagining tests?

How can you tell of someone has gallbladder cancer? Can u see it on imagining tests?

Gallbladder cancer: Best test to diagnose gallbladder cancer is with abdominal sonogram or ct scan. Then if these tests are suspicious, biopsy with interventional radiology can be done for confirmation. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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My mum has gallbladder cancer is it hereditary? Am i more at risk of getting it in the future, what r the symtoms

My mum has gallbladder cancer is it hereditary? Am i more at risk of getting it in the future, what r the symtoms

Rarely Hereditary: Gb cancer is very rare in the us. It tends to occur with longstanding chronic inflammation of the gb, ie stones, infection, certain drugs. In the us the diagnosis is most often made incidentally when doing gb surgery. Unfortunately, there are no good screening tests--the disease is usually advanced by the time symptoms develop. I hope your mother's case was caught early. ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more


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Gall Bladder (Definition)

Sac like organ that serves to store bile, a digestive detergent which is made in the liver. Typically contracts after eating and sends the stored bile down ducts to ...Read more


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