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Gallbladder cancer types

Every gallbladder cancer patient is different. The cancer experts at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) have extensive experience in properly staging and diagnosing the disease, and developing a treatment plan that's tailored to your specific type of gallbladder cancer.

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Types of gallbladder cancer

The two types of gallbladder cancer that occur most frequently are:

  • Adenocarcinoma is the most common type of gallbladder cancer, and accounts for 90 percent of cases. Adenocarcinomas are a specific type of cancer that begin in the gland-like cells that line organs of the digestive tract.
  • Papillary adenocarcinoma is a special subtype of adenocarcinoma that has a better prognosis, or outlook, compared with other types of gallbladder cancers. It is much less likely to spread to nearby lymph nodes or other organs like the liver.

Other much less common types of gallbladder cancers are adenosquamous carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, small cell carcinomas and sarcomas.

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