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If gallbladder cancer spreads
Cancer cells can spread from the gallbladder to other parts of the body. This spread is called metastasis.
Understanding how a type of cancer usually grows and spreads helps your healthcare team plan your treatment and future care. If gallbladder cancer spreads, it can spread to the following:
- lymph nodes near the gallbladder
- bile ducts
- liver and the blood vessels of the liver
- small intestine – usually the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine)
Gallbladder tumours can also spread, or seed, cancer cells throughout the abdomen.
Support from someone who has ‘been there’
The Canadian Cancer Society’s peer support program is a telephone support service that matches cancer patients and their caregivers with specially trained volunteers.