What is gallbladder cancer?

Who gets gallbladder cancer, where it starts and how common it is.


Find out about the possible symptoms of gallbladder cancer and when you should see your doctor.

Risks and causes

Read about what could increase your risk of getting gallbladder cancer, including lifestyle factors and other medical conditions.


Survival depends on how advanced your gallbladder cancer is when you are diagnosed.  


The stage of a cancer tells you how big it is and whether it has spread. It helps your doctor decide which treatment you need.

Types of gallbladder cancer

The type of cancer tells you which type of cell it started in. There are several types of gallbladder cancer.

Getting diagnosed

You usually start by seeing your GP. They might refer you for tests or to a specialist if you have symptoms that could be caused by cancer.  


The treatment you might have depends on the size and type of your gallbladder cancer and whether it has spread.

Living with gallbladder cancer

Get support to cope during and after gallbladder cancer treatment, including tips on how to eat well.

Research and clinical trials

Find out about the latest UK research and clinical trials looking into gallbladder cancer.

Advanced cancer

Find out about care and support if gallbladder cancer has spread and how treatment can control symptoms.

Last reviewed: 
02 Jan 2020
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