Gallbladder Cancer Treatment and Surgery
Gallbladder cancer is a rare disease, but our surgical oncologists have extensive training and experience in treating this type of cancer. The presentation of gallbladder cancer can vary significantly from patient to patient; it requires a careful assessment and customized treatment plan. Occasionally, gallbladder cancer is found unexpectedly after a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. In these cases, our team of expert surgeons, pathologists, and radiologists will review your records to determine if further surgery is recommended. In other instances, gallbladder cancer can present with tumor invasion into the liver, which requires a combination of chemotherapy and surgery. Our surgical oncologists work closely with colleagues from each relevant division to determine the best treatment plan for a particular tumor stage.
Different surgical options include:
- Partial liver resection and lymphadenectomy: In most cases, it is necessary to remove the gallbladder and a portion of the adjacent liver to ensure that the cancer has been completely excised. It is also critical to remove the surrounding lymph nodes for proper staging assessment.
- Bile duct resection and hepaticojejunostomy: This procedure is performed if the tumor has spread past the gallbladder into the main bile duct. The bile duct is completely resected, and a new connection is made to the intestines to allow for normal bile flow.
- Hepatic trisegmentectomy: In patients with larger gallbladder tumors, more extensive liver resection and bile duct reconstruction may be required to ensure clear margins. Mount Sinai Hospital's long-standing experience at the forefront of liver surgery allows us to provide state-of-the-art care for patients with this type of advanced cancer.
Mount Sinai Surgical Associates
Division of Surgical Oncology
1470 Madison Ave, 3rd Fl
New York, NY 10029