What is Adenocarcinoma of the Gall Bladder?
Adenocarcinoma of the gall bladder is an abnormal growth of the cells in the gall bladder due to the presence of long-standing gall bladder stones. It is a rare cancer
What is a Gall Bladder?
The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ located below the liver on the right side of the abdomen. It stores a digestive fluid called bile fluid, which is secreted by the liver. It is a digestive fluid that helps break down fats, thereby facilitating the digestion process.
There is no well-known cause, but certain genetic mutations (abnormal gene changes) and changes due to long-standing gallbladder stones, inflammation of the gall bladder, and inflammation of the bile duct are thought to be responsible for the development of gallbladder adenocarcinoma.
It is rare cancer and is more common in women and older people.
Signs and Symptoms
The patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- Mild pain in the abdomen in the upper right portion
- Abdominal bloating
- Jaundice (yellowish discoloration of the skin and eyes)
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
- Feeling tired
A diagnosis can be made through by
- Complete blood count (CBC)
- Blood coagulation profile
- BUN ( blood urea and nitrogen)
- Serum creatinine
- Liver function tests LFT’s
- Amylase and lipase values
- Imaging techniques like CT scan, MRI, PET scan, X-Ray, and USG to detect the site and size of the tumor.
- Serum bilirubin total, serum bilirubin conjugated and unconjugated
- Preoperative biopsy
Surgical resection (removal or cutting of the diseased part through surgery) of the gall bladder is the most common and effective treatment option. Other treatment options are chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
What Support can we Give for Adenocarcinoma of the Gall Bladder?
Adenocarcinoma of the Gall Bladder is rare cancer, meaning it is not as well known as other forms of cancer. Without a Ribbon is an Australian organisation that provides support for individuals who suffer from rare cancers. So, we provide a designated platform for Warriors to obtain information specific to their Rare Cancer. We also provide annual opportunities for our Warriors to meet and learn from each other. If you suffer from rare cancer such as Adenocarcinoma of the Gall Bladder, we can help and support you through your journey thanks to the generous donations we receive. Click the link below to sign up and become a Warrior today!
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