Gallbladder Cancer Signs & Symptoms

Gallbladder Cancer Signs & Symptoms

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Gallbladder cancer doesn’t usually cause many symptoms until it reaches an advanced stage, when it has spread to other organs and tissues. Occasionally, symptoms appear at an early stage, when treatment is more effective.

The following signs and symptoms may be caused by gallbladder cancer or another condition. Check with your doctor if you experience any of them.

Jaundice 

Jaundice is a condition in which the skin and the whites of the eyes become yellow, urine darkens, and the color of stool is lighter than normal. This can occur because a gallbladder tumor has grown large enough to block the bile duct.

Weight Loss

The loss of a significant amount of weight without trying can be a sign of many cancers, including gallbladder cancer.

Fever

An increase in body temperature without another explanation can be an early sign of cancer, including gallbladder cancer.

Loss of Appetite 

Gallbladder cancer may make it uncomfortable to eat or make you feel like you don’t want to eat at all.

Bloating or Pain in the Belly

The pain or bloating typically occurs in the upper right part of the belly. 

Fatigue

Fatigue is a common symptom of many types of cancer, including gallbladder cancer.

Lumps in the Belly

Gallbladder cancer that blocks the bile ducts or has spread to the liver can sometimes be felt by doctors on the right side of the belly.