Getting diagnosed with gallbladder cancer

You usually start by seeing your GP if you have symptoms that could be due to gallbladder cancer. They will ask you about your general health and may also examine you. 

 Your doctor will then decide whether to do tests or refer you to a specialist.

Screening for gallbladder cancer

There isn't a screening programme for gallbladder cancer in the UK. This is because there isn't a test that can pick it up at an early stage. 

Seeing your GP when you have symptoms of gallbladder cancer

Your GP will ask about your symptoms and how long you have had them. They might refer you to the hospital for tests or to see a specialist. 

Referral to a gallbladder cancer specialist

Your GP should arrange for you to see a specialist if you have symptoms that could be due to gallbladder cancer. Find out more about getting a referral. 

Tests for gallbladder cancer

You have a number of tests to check for gallbladder cancer. This can include a physical examination, blood tests, biopsy and different types of scans.

Last reviewed: 
13 Sep 2023
Next review due: 
13 Sep 2026