Gall bladder cancer

If you’re affected by gall bladder cancer, you may have many questions about how it is diagnosed, treatment options, side effects and how to stay well. You can find trustworthy information about all aspects of your experience below.

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  • What type of gall bladder cancer do I have?
  • How far has the cancer spread? What stage of cancer do I have?
  • Have you treated this type of cancer before? If so, how many times? Is there another doctor who has more experience treating this type of cancer?

Treatment and side effects

  • What are the treatment options for me? What do you recommend and why?
  • What are the possible risks and side effects of my treatment? How will these be managed?
  • If an operation is recommended, how many times have you performed it?
  • How complex is the surgery and how long does the operation take?
  • How long will all treatment take? Will I have to stay in hospital?
  • Is this treatment covered by Medicare/private insurance? Will there be extra expenses?
  • Are there any complementary therapies that might help me?
  • Do you know of any support groups or support services I can use?

If you are thinking of taking part in a clinical trial, here are some questions you could ask:

  • What are the possible benefits and risks to me?
  • What is being tested and why?
  • How many people will be involved in this trial?
  • If I cannot get onto a clinical trial can I still pay for a drug that is currently in trial?

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