Gallbladder Cancer Symptoms
Gallbladder cancer symptoms affect the inner tissues layers of this pear-shaped organ below the liver initially. As the malignancy increases, the cancer spreads to the outer layer as well. This organ collects and stores bile juices produced by liver to digest fat. Though considered a rare type, according to the National Cancer Institute, 9,760 new cases of this cancer are estimated in 2010 leading to 3,320 deaths in the United States.
Women are twice at the risk of developing this cancer than men. The average age group affected by it is 50-60 years. Though it is not generally possible with this cancer, if the signs are diagnosed early, it can be cured by removing the organ and parts of liver and lymph nodes. Unfortunately, the possibility of recovery is less once the signs become apparent. This article focuses on these signs of this dreadful disease.
Gallbladder Cancer Symptoms:
- No signs in the initial stages
- Swelling in gallbladder
- Pain in abdomen
- Pale faeces
- Weight loss
- High fever
- Itchy skin
- Dark yellow urine
- Anorexia – An eating disorder involving fear of putting on weight and voluntary refusal to maintain healthy body weight
- Hepatomegaly – Swelling of liver
Facts on Gallbladder Cancer Symptoms:
- Cancer tumors are either localized and non-cancerous (benign) or are cancerous and spread the disease to fresh locations (malignant).
- Gallbladder cancer tumors when they turn malignant can be divided into two types, namely, adenocarcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas.
- Most of the advanced stage symptoms are caused by tumors (90-95 percent) belonging to the former type, which represents cancers developing in the inner layers of any organ.
- The later constituting a small percent of tumors which begins in the squamous cells found on the outer surface of an organ or tissue.
- Diagnostic techiques like CT scan, Transabdominal and endoscopic ultrasound, MRI and MR cholangio-pancreatography (MRCP) are used to find the signs of this cancer.
- By the time it is diagnosed, the cancer can spread to the liver, stomach, bile duct and duodenum, indicating symptoms of this disease being in its advanced stage.