Gallbladder Cancer

Advanced gallbladder cancer treatment in San Diego

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Advanced gallbladder cancer treatment in San Diego

Scripps provides expert gallbladder cancer care that focuses on you. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Green Hospital among the best in the nation for gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery.


Because only 1 in 5 cases are detected early, gallbladder cancer requires highly specialized knowledge and expertise. At Scripps, our patient-centered approach to care means your treatments are customized for your specific needs. Our collaborative, multidisciplinary approach puts you at the center of one of the nation’s best cancer care programs.

About gallbladder cancer

Gallbladder cancer is a type of digestive cancer that starts in the gallbladder, a small, hollow organ under the liver. Your liver produces bile, a fluid that helps the body digest fats. Bile is carried from the liver through bile ducts and is stored in the gallbladder until it’s needed. The gallbladder wall has several layers. Most cancers start in the wall closest to the inside of the gallbladder, known as the epithelium.


Gallbladder cancer is not common in the United States, and in many cases isn’t found until the gallbladder has been removed for other reasons. The gallbladder isn’t necessary for survival; many people have had their gallbladders removed due to illness and go on to live a normal life.

Gallbladder cancer symptoms, diagnosis and staging

Scripps gallbladder cancer specialists are experts in diagnosing and staging cancer to develop the best course of treatment. Treatment also depends on whether a patient has other medical conditions, their age and overall health. Learn more about symptoms, imaging and diagnostic testing and the stages of gallbladder cancer below.

Treatment and clinical trials

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with gallbladder cancer, you need a team of specialized physicians and clinicians with expertise in treating the disease, as well as the most advanced technologies and therapies to fight it. Scripps affiliated physicians and cancer treatment facilities are at the forefront of gallbladder cancer treatment.

Gallbladder cancer treatment locations

Scripps diagnoses and treats gallbladder cancer at numerous locations throughout San Diego County. From Chula Vista and La Jolla to Encinitas and beyond, our extensive network of cancer care centers includes:


  • Four Scripps hospitals on five campuses
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Specialty cancer treatment centers


Learn more about our gamut of cancer care locations in Southern California and the services offered at each. 

Support groups, services and resources

As leaders in gallbladder cancer care, we know what it takes to fight a winning battle. That’s why we equip our patients with the support and resources necessary to achieve their best possible outcome. From connecting you with support groups and services to empowering you with the latest resources and research, Scripps offers a comprehensive lineup to help you along every step of your cancer journey.