The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ that lies just under the liver in the upper abdomen. The gallbladder stores bile, a fluid made by the liver to digest fat. When food is being broken down in the stomach and intestines, bile is released from the gallbladder through a tube called the common bile duct, which connects the gallbladder and liver to the first part of the small intestine. Gallbladder cancer usually starts on the innermost layer of the gallbladder and then spreads through the outer layers as it grows.
Experts at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center understand eye cancer and work as a team to design the best treatment plan. A typical team is made up of surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists, as well as social workers and nurses. Treatment plans may include:
- Clinical trials
- Radiation therapy - external or internal beam
- Removal of the gallbladder
- Stent placement: helps drain bile