Gallbladder cancer care in Denver

Through the Sarah Cannon Institute at Swedish Medical Center, our facility is home to the Center for Diseases of the Liver & Pancreas—one of the Rocky Mountain region’s best centers for gastroenterological cancer care, including for the treatment of gallbladder cancer.

For more information about gallbladder cancer treatment at the Center for Diseases of the Liver & Pancreas at Swedish Medical Center, call (303) 788-3478.

Risk factors and symptoms of gallbladder cancer

Common risk factors of gallbladder cancer include age (70 years old or older), having gallstones, having gallbladder polyps, having a porcelain gallbladder, having primary sclerosing cholangitis, having a family history of gallbladder cancer and cigarette smoking. Women are twice as likely as men to develop this cancer. Additionally, Mexican Americans and Native Americans also have been seen more likely to develop gallbladder cancer.

For patients with these risk factors, our physicians are capable of examining each patient for early diagnosis with advanced diagnostic tools to determine whether any symptoms of gallbladder cancer are present.

A few of the most common symptoms of gallbladder cancer include:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fever
  • Pain and cramping in the abdomen
  • A lump in abdomen
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)

Gallbladder cancer early screening and diagnosis

We use several different methods to reach a gallbladder cancer diagnosis, including diagnostic imaging tests and minimally invasive exams. These can include:

  • Angiogram
  • Biopsy
  • Blood tests
  • Cholangiogram
  • CT scan
  • Laparoscopy
  • Medical history and physical exam
  • MRI
  • Ultrasound

Gallbladder cancer treatment

We use cutting-edge imaging technology and advanced surgical procedures to treat complex tumors and provide the best possible outcome for our patients.

Many new technologies and treatments are helping patients with gastrointestinal diseases live longer and healthier. Our cancer specialists in Denver employ advanced treatment options, which can include surgical treatment, radiation oncology and chemotherapy. Patients may undergo cholecystectomy (removal of gallbladder), radical gallbladder resection or biliary stenting. We offer minimally invasive surgical options for patients whenever possible. Additional gallbladder cancer treatments include:

  • Drug therapies
  • Gastroenterological and hepatobiliary treatments
  • Interventional radiology
  • Radioembolization and chemoembolization
  • Radiofrequency ablation

To learn more about gallbladder cancer treatment at Swedish Medical Center, call (303) 788-3478.

Our interdisciplinary team working together for you

While advanced technology is critical to providing expert cancer treatment, there are many components of creating individualized treatment plans at Swedish. Our patients benefit from an entire team of experts weighing in on their care plans. Each case is brought to an interdisciplinary case conference where experts from many different care departments provide their own perspective on treatment and progress. At the Center for Diseases of the Liver & Pancreas, our team of specialists come from many different areas, including:

  • Gastroenterology and hepatology: Board-certified gastroenterologists and hepatologists offer advanced endoscopic techniques.
  • Interventional radiology: Interventional radiologists use minimally invasive image guided techniques to treat tumors or obstructions.
  • Surgery: General surgeons are fellowship-trained in advanced surgical techniques involving gastrointestinal surgery. Surgeons specialize in the operative removal of tumors of the gallbladder or other parts of the biliary tree.
  • Medical oncology and radiation oncology: Medical oncologists administer specialized chemo-therapeutic treatment plans. Radiation oncologists deliver external and internal beam radiation therapy to referred patients, both inpatient and outpatient.

Patient navigation

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. That’s why we have created a patient navigator program to streamline patient care and provide a single point of contact for patient and family needs. Specially trained oncology nurse navigators can help you access services during treatment and recovery. Our navigators craft medical survivorship plans for each patient. The plan includes resources, remission instructions, gallbladder cancer warning symptoms, follow-up appointments, screening schedules and treatment dates for each patient’s journey through survivorship.

Cancer support for patients and family

Our Cancer Resource Center offers information and assistance to patients and their loved ones. Any patient can call the Cancer Resource Center at (303) 788-2627 to speak with our nurses, dietitians and volunteers about resources and support services available for cancer patients.

Patients are welcome to attend our free support group and educational classes that are held regularly. They can also speak with our specially trained staff about scheduling a meeting with Swedish health professionals.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

Swedish Medical Center is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.

askSARAH helpline

Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially-trained nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225 or chat online at askSARAHnow.com.