Gallbladder Cancer: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 4/13/2020

Gallbladder cancer is a malignant tumor, or cancer, that begins in the tissues of the gallbladder, a small organ located beneath the liver that stores bile to aid in digestion.

In the very early stages, gallbladder cancer may not have symptoms, but it is usually not found at an early stage. When symptoms and signs of gallbladder cancer do develop, they include

  • abdominal pain, particularly in the upper right portion of the abdomen,
  • abdominal bloating,
  • fever,
  • losing weight without trying,
  • nausea,
  • yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice), and a
  • mass or lump in the abdomen.

Cause of gallbladder cancer

The exact cause of gallbladder cancer is not understood, but it is more likely to occur in older people and in people with gallstones. It is also about twice as common in women as in men.

Other gallbladder cancer symptoms and signs

  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Abdominal Pain, Particularly in the Upper Right Portion of the Abdomen,
  • Fever
  • Losing Weight Without Trying
  • Mass or Lump in the Abdomen
  • Nausea
  • Yellowing of the Skin and Whites of the Eyes (Jaundice)


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