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Gallbladder cancer is a relatively uncommon
cancer. If it is diagnosed early enough, it can be cured by removing the gallbladder. Most often it is found after symptomssuch as abdominalpain and jaundiceoccur, and it has spread to other organs such as the liver.
It is a rare cancer that is still being studied and thought to be related to gallstones building up, which also can lead to calcification of the gallbladder, a condition known as
Porcelain gallbladder. Porcelain gallbladder is also rare. Some studies indicate that people with porcelain gallbladder have a high risk of developing gallbladder cancer, but other studies question this. The outlook is poor for recovery if the cancer is found after symptoms have started to occur.
* Gender: Approx. twice more common in women than men, mostly between the ages of 50 and 60.
Obesityincreases the risk for gallbladder cancer. It is common in North India indigenous peoples of the Americas.
* Primary carcinoma is linked to chronic
* Alcohol: "…alcohol drinking is a risk factor of gallbladder cancer…" [cite journal
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date = 2005 Sep
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igns and Symptoms
*Steady pain in the upper right abdomen for around 2 months.
Loss of appetite
Infection, leading to peritonitis, gangrene, perforation, and or liver abscess
Jaundice, due to obstruction
Early symptoms mimic gallbladder inflammation and gallstones, which must be excluded as the cause. Later, the symptoms may be that of biliary obstruction.
Most tumors are
adenocarcinomas, with a small percent being squamous cellcarcinomas. The cancer commonly spreads to the liver, pancreas, stomach,and duodenum.
Early diagnosis is not generally possible. People at high risk, such as women or Native Americans with frequent gallstones, are evaluated closely. Endoscopic
ultrasound, transabdominal ultrasound, CT scan, MRI, and MR cholangiopancreatography can be used to diagnose.
The most common and most effective treatment is surgical removal of the gallbladder (
cholecystectomy) with lymph nodedissection. However, with gallbladder cancer's extremely poor prognosis, most will die by one year following the surgery. If surgery is not possible, endoscopic stenting of the biliary tree can reduce jaundice. Chemotherapyand radiation may also be used with surgery.Mutant Adenovirus based treatment is under investigation by several researcher   and a company has even got license to use a mutant of Adenovirus (Onyx-15) to cure cancer.
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* 5.Toshihiro Tanaka, Hideo Shimura, Takamitsu Sasaki, Kou Narumi, Makoto Maemondo, Toshihiro Nukiwa, Kunio Matsumoto, Toshikazu Nakamura and Seiyo Ikeda1, Gallbladder cancer treatment using adenovirus expressing the HGF/NK4 gene in a peritoneal implantation model, Cancer Gene Therapy (2004) 11, 431–440.
* 6. Kuniaki Fukuda, Masato Abei2, Hideyo Ugai, Emiko Seo, Mariko Wakayama, Takehide Murata, Takeshi Todoroki, Naomi Tanaka, Hirofumi Hamada and Kazunari K. Yokoyama, E1A, E1B Double-restricted Adenovirus for Oncolytic Gene Therapy of Gallbladder Cancer, Cancer Research 63, 4434-4440, August 1, 2003.
* [http://pathology2.jhu.edu/gbbd/ The Johns Hopkins Esophageal Cancer Web page]
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