Gallbladder Cancer: 10 Important Things You Should Know About the Disease

8 Gallbladder cancer treatment

Gallbladder cancer treatment depends on the stages of cancer, and the patient’s overall health. When prescribed treatment is not possible, other remedies and therapies will be explored to control the spreading of the tumors and make the patients quality of life as comfortable as possible.

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In case if early-stage gallbladder cancer, surgery will be prescribed as an option where the entire gallbladder may be removed such as in a cholecystectomy. In later stages, surgery may remove the gallbladder and also parts of surrounding organs like the liver and bile ducts that may have been affected by cancer. In later stages of gallbladder cancer, even surgery may not be successful in arresting cancer. A patient will only be prescribed medication to manage the symptoms for the comfort of the patient. These could be chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and clinical trials that test new remedies to treat gallbladder cancer.

Surgeons may also insert stents or a tube into bile duct or even surgically reroute bile ducts to relieve a blockage of bile that can lead to further complication.

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9Gallbladder cancer survival rates

It isn’t clear if additional gallbladder cancer treatments after surgery will arrest the cancer and prevent its return. Survival rates of gallbladder cancer depend on the stages of cancer, fitness of patient and previous treatment. The general medical perception for a 5-year survival rate is 50% in stage 1, 25% in stage 2, 10% in stage 3 and 5% in stage 4.

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A five-year survival rate doesn’t mean you will live only for five years. It indicates the percentage of people who have lived for five years or more with gallbladder cancer.

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10How to prevent gallbladder cancer

There are ways you can prevent gallbladder cancer as recommended by experts. The general assumption is to maintain a healthy weight which is also part of a healthy lifestyle. This, in fact, prevents the risks of most cancers including gallbladder cancer.

A healthy diet is extremely important where one needs to integrate more fruits and vegetables into a daily diet. This increases immunity and protects you from disease. Consume whole grains instead of refined grains and avoid processed foods. Get plenty of exercise. The bottom line is the three-word mantra for staying healthy: healthy x (diet, lifestyle, exercise).

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