Gallbladder cancer

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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
  • pancreas
  • small intestine – usually the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine)
  • stomach
  • colon
  • lung

Gallbladder tumours can also spread, or seed, cancer cells throughout the abdomen.

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