The treatment you have depends on the size and type of your gallbladder cancer and whether it has spread. It also depends on your general health. You might have one or more of these treatments.

Preparing for treatment and life afterwards (prehabilitation)

There are things you can do to help you feel more in control of your physical and mental health when preparing for treatment. In the hospital, preparing for treatment is also called prehabilitation or prehab.

Treatment decisions

Find out about the treatments used for gallbladder cancer.


Surgery is the main treatment for gallbladder cancer. There are different types of operations to remove the gallbladder or control symptoms of the cancer.


Chemotherapy uses anti cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells. You might have it as part of your treatment for gallbladder cancer.


Radiotherapy uses high energy waves similar to x-rays to kill cancer cells. You might have radiotherapy to shrink the cancer or relieve symptoms and help you feel more comfortable.

Follow up appointment

After treatment, you have regular check ups to look for signs of the cancer coming back or spreading. This is called follow up.

Treatment for advanced cancer

Read about how treatments can control symptoms if you have advanced gallbladder cancer.

Last reviewed: 
09 Jan 2020
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