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How do you diagnose gallbladder cancer?
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Ben Ferguson
Surgery
15 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Ben Ferguson
Ben Ferguson
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: It is not a very
Common cancer, and it is usually found by the pathologist after the gall bladder was removed for gall bladder disease.
Symptoms are the same.

In brief: It is not a very
Common cancer, and it is usually found by the pathologist after the gall bladder was removed for gall bladder disease.
Symptoms are the same.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Mary Maluccio
Surgery - Oncology
In brief: Biopsy
Symptoms of gallbladder cancer are solar to non cancerous problems with the gb and include nausea, pain, and taste disturbances.
Suspicion for cancer increases when there is a mass in the gb or the wall of the gb has irregular borders. Gb cancer can be discovered incidentally when the gb is being removed for other reasons.

In brief: Biopsy
Symptoms of gallbladder cancer are solar to non cancerous problems with the gb and include nausea, pain, and taste disturbances.
Suspicion for cancer increases when there is a mass in the gb or the wall of the gb has irregular borders. Gb cancer can be discovered incidentally when the gb is being removed for other reasons.
Dr. Mary Maluccio
Dr. Mary Maluccio
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