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Is there a cure for gallbladder cancer?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

While not all cases of gallbladder cancer can be cured, there are treatments which can help extend survival. When it is diagnosed at an early stage, treatment is more likely to be successful. Stage 0 cancer, defined by cancer that is confined to the lining of the gallbladder, can be treated surgically with a cholecystectomy, or removal of the gallbladder. Stage 0 cancer has an overall five year survival rate of 81 percent. However, once the cancer has spread outside the gallbladder, successful treatment is more unlikely. Stage II cancer has a five year survival rate of less than 10 percent.

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