A sign is something that can be observed and recognized by a doctor or healthcare professional (for example, a rash). A symptom is something that only the person experiencing it can feel and know (for example, pain or tiredness). Gallbladder cancer may not cause any signs or symptoms in its early stages because the gallbladder is located deep inside the abdomen. Most symptoms appear in the later stages of the disease, once the tumour has grown into surrounding tissues and organs. Most gallbladder cancers are diagnosed at an advanced stage. However, some early gallbladder cancers are found by chance when a person has surgery to remove gallstones.
The signs and symptoms of gallbladder cancer can also be caused by other health conditions. It is important to have any unusual symptoms checked by a doctor.
Signs and symptoms of gallbladder cancer are: