About Gallbladder Cancer
Gallbladder cancer originates in the gallbladder wall, a small organ under the liver that mainly functions to store the digestive fluid bile. Gallbladder cancer is generally rare, and nearly all gallbladder cancers are adenocarcinomas, which are a type of cancer in the gland-like cells lining the inside of the gallbladder wall.
Papillary cancer is a form of gallbladder adenocarcinomas that causes growths that form into finger-like projections. While this type of gallbladder cancer is rare, it tends to have a better prognosis than other kinds of gallbladder adenocarcinomas and rarely becomes a metastatic disease. Other forms of gallbladder cancer include squamous cell carcinoma, carcinosarcoma, and adenosquamous carcinoma.
Causes and Risk Factors
As with other cancers, gallbladder cancer is caused by a genetic mutation that results in the unregulated growth of cancer cells. These cancer cells accumulate and can form into a tumor that can then spread to other parts of the body. As mentioned, most gallbladder cancers start in the glandular cells that line the inside of the gallbladder wall, resulting in adenocarcinomas.
The exact cause of these genetic mutations that spark the growth of cancer cells remains unknown, though doctors do know certain risk factors that may contribute to gallbladder cancer diagnosis. Gallstones are the most common risk factor. Gallstones are hard, pebble-like accumulations of cholesterol and other substances that form in the gall bladder. About four out of five people diagnosed with gallbladder cancer also have gallstones. However, gallbladder cancer is still quite rare, and most people with gallstones will not develop gallbladder cancer.
A condition known as gall bladder porcelain, which results in calcium deposits forming in the gallbladder wall, may also be a risk factor. Those with gall bladder porcelain may have a higher risk of developing gallbladder cancer.
Early Detection, Diagnosis, and Staging
Gallbladder cancer often causes no known signs or symptoms, and the relatively hidden location of the gallbladder can make the cancer difficult to detect. The most common signs and symptoms of gallbladder that you may notice include:
- Abdominal pain in the upper right part of the abdomen
- Abdominal bloating
- Sudden, unintended weight loss
- Jaundice in the skin and eyes
If you notice any of these symptoms of gallbladder disease, you should consult your doctor as soon as possible. Diagnosing gallbladder cancer usually involves blood tests to evaluate liver function and tests to create images of the gallbladder. Once the doctor has identified the cancer, they can use further magnetic resonance imaging tests, a CT scan, and exploratory surgery to determine the extent of the cancer and whether it is a poor prognosis or one that can be treated easily.
Staging allows the doctor to determine if the cancer has become a metastatic disease. Staging levels range from 0 to IV. The lower levels suggest that the cancer is confined to the gall bladder, while stage IV suggests that the cancer has spread to distant parts and tissue of the body. Staging also allows the doctor to develop a proper plan for the treatment of gallbladder disease.
About Alternative Gallbladder Cancer Natural Treatment
Early-stage gallbladder cancer is usually treated with surgery to remove the gallbladder and possibly part of the liver if the cancer has spread. Later-stage gallbladder cancers may be treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The effectiveness of these procedures varies amongst cancer patients, but many can leave you physically tired and weaken your natural immunities.
This is where alternative and natural treatments come into play. Immunity Therapy Center offers a variety of alternative therapy and holistic treatments that are customized to your individual needs depending on your diagnosis. We offer comfortable facilities to support cancer patients in their healing along with one-on-one consultations to develop individualized treatment plans and to learn more about each and every person who comes to us. Contact us today to learn more and receive your own custom treatment plan.
Sources:Therapies we use
At Immunity Therapy Center, our goal is to provide objective, updated, and research-based information on all health-related topics. This article is based on scientific research and/or other scientific articles. All information has been fact-checked and reviewed by Dr. Carlos Bautista, a Board Certified Medical Doctor at Immunity Therapy Center. All information published on the site must undergo an extensive review process to ensure accuracy. This article contains trusted sources with all references hyperlinked for the reader's visibility.
Customized Care For the Body And The Mind
Discuss Your Custom Alternative Treatment Plan With Our Team Today
Hear from Our Patients
Wesley White of Fort Worth, Texas was diagnosed with an aggressive form of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with FLT3 mutations. After undergoing many traditional treatments and rounds of chemotherapy, none were successful in fighting off his AML — and he was left with little to no options from doctors. His wife, April, had heard of a […]
Jack was diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer and, as a result, was living his life in tremendous amounts of pain. It was Jack’s third time getting diagnosed with prostate cancer. Jack’s conventional doctor had put him through chemotherapy and other treatments but had begun to give up, telling Jack that his days were numbered. […]
Maria Petulla was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. Maria’s life was affected by the cancer; she became partially disabled and was living her life in a tremendous amount of pain. The cancer was taking over her life. After waking up one day and feeling the pain spread to her face, Maria knew that she […]
Robert Gray from Ontario, Canada has been battling stage 4 neuroendocrine carcinoid cancer. He came to ITC looking for a solution to shrink and eliminate his tumors. He found a kind and caring team of doctors at ITC that could focus on his case. Dr. Bautista brought knowledge and understanding to his case and helped […]
Peter Richardson was having significantly increasing pain in his stomach earlier in February. Following doctors orders for treating constipation, Peter took laxatives and pain killers for 5 months, but nothing was helping. When he went back to the doctor a second time they did a CT scan and found a large mass in his abdomen […]
In 2015, Pamela was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer that escalated into Stage Four Breast Cancer. Along with her cancer, she also was dealing with infection and swelling on her chest and arm. After hearing about the success of integrative medicine over a conventional method, she knew that she wanted to start her journey […]
“The Immunity Therapy Center Saved My Life and I Hope they Can Help You Too” On March 14th Debbie was diagnosed with a rare type of Ampullary and Liver Cancer. Her doctors told her that her diagnosis was essentially a death sentence. After some extensive research, Debbie discovered ITC online and decided it was worth […]
“The nurses… prayed with us during hard times.” Marie started experiencing pain in her stomach. When she visited her doctor in Belize, he prescribed medicine and said she should feel better in two weeks. Instead, she felt worse. She went to Mexico for more tests and was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Through research and asking friends […]
Adrianne Mohnhaupt dealt with an Ovarian Cancer scare back in 2015 where her doctors found a 37 centimeter tumor, the size of a football. She immediately had it surgically removed and thankfully it was benign. Every six months she continued her CA-125 and they were coming back normal…until two and a half months ago. “I […]
Rick Lee Scott
“I’ve never been treated so well in a medical facility in my life.” When Rick was first diagnosed with bladder cancer, it filled 75% of his bladder. He was given no hope from other doctors, except to have his entire bladder surgically removed. When he arrived at Immunity Therapy Center, he was very ill and […]