Finding gallbladder cancer while it is still at an early stage increases the chance for better outcomes. While symptoms usually do not develop until a tumor has grown or the cancer is at an advanced stage, being aware of the possible symptoms and discussing them with your doctor right away if you experience them may improve the chance of catching it and treating it at an earlier stage.
Possible gallbladder cancer symptoms include:
Abdominal pain: This pain is usually located in the upper- or upper-right abdomen.
Jaundice: Yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes may be caused by a backup of bile resulting from the tumor blocking a duct.
Gallbladder enlargement: Because the gallbladder is located under the liver and surrounded by other organs, it may be hard to notice an increase in its size, but sometimes a doctor can feel it during a physical examination. An increase in gallbladder size may also be detected through imaging tests, such as an ultrasound.
Other symptoms: Gallbladder tumors may sometimes be associated with other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss, abdominal swelling, severe itching, or black, tarry stools.
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