Patient Comments: Gallbladder Cancer - Detection

Please share how your gallbladder cancer was detected and diagnosed, including exams and tests.

Comment from: sfldjean, 75 or over (Caregiver) Published: April 23

I'm not definitely sure it is gallbladder cancer, but that is what the surgeon thinks. My mom was jaundiced. The gastroenterologist sent her for an ultrasound. It showed multiple gallstones. Then she had the ERCP done, there was a blockage in her bile duct. A stent was placed in and the doctor brushed the tissue. It is this tissue that showed abnormal cell, or he called them adenocarcinoma. All other CT scans and an MRI showed no signs of cancer anywhere else. The surgeon wanted her to have a standard biliary bypass, but she is not in a good enough condition at this time.

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Comment from: Marileigh3, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: June 15

My husband was admitted to hospital because he was throwing up and skin turned yellow. He was diagnosed with gallbladder cancer stage 3. He had stent put in his bile duct. He has been through chemotherapy and radiation. One week after completing the chemotherapy and radiation treatments, he started throwing up a lot of dark blood. He had to have 3 clamps put in stomach to close the ulcer that was caused by the drugs. He sleeps almost all of the time. Difficult to get him to eat as he is nauseous almost all the time. It has been 6 months since the diagnosis. I have no idea how the progression for this disease goes. He is 88 years old. I wish I could read some positive statements from others. It's very discouraging.

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