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Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays or particles to destroy cancer cells. Radiation may be used for gallbladder cancer:
The amount of radiation given during treatment, and when and how it is given, will be different for each person. Radiation treatments are usually given 5 days per week for several weeks.
Gallbladder cancer is usually treated with external beam radiation therapy. A machine directs radiation to the tumour and some of the surrounding tissue. Radiation therapy may be given along with chemotherapy drugs (radiosensitizers), which may make the radiation more effective. Giving radiation therapy and chemotherapy together may be called chemoradiation.
Unresectable gallbladder tumours that have spread too far to be completely removed by surgery may be treated with external beam radiation therapy.
A gallbladder tumour can block the bile duct and cause jaundicejaundiceA condition in which the skin and whites of the eyes become yellow and urine is dark yellow. or pain, if it presses on nerves. Palliative radiation therapy may be used to shrink a gallbladder tumour and help relieve symptoms if it is blocking the gallbladder, bile ducts or the small intestine.
Radiation therapy may also be used after surgery in the area where the gallbladder was removed.
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