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Symptoms

Gallbladder cancer may not have any symptoms, or they might be hard to spot.

Symptoms of gallbladder cancer include:

  • your skin or the whites of your eyes turn yellow (jaundice), you may also have itchy skin, darker pee and paler poo than usual
  • loss of appetite or losing weight without trying to
  • a high temperature, or you feel hot or shivery
  • a lump in your tummy

Other symptoms can affect your digestion, such as:

  • feeling or being sick
  • aching pain in the right side of your tummy, sometimes described as a "dragging feeling"
  • sharp pain in your tummy
  • a very swollen tummy that is not related to when you eat

If you have another condition like irritable bowel syndrome you may get symptoms like these regularly.

You might find you get used to them. But it's important to be checked by a GP if your symptoms change, get worse, or do not feel normal for you.

Urgent advice: Get advice from 111 now if:

  • your skin or the whites of your eyes turn yellow
  • you're being sick for more than 2 days
  • you have symptoms that you are worried about, but are not sure where to get help

111 will tell you what to do. They can arrange a phone call from a nurse or doctor if you need one.

Go to 111.nhs.uk or call 111.

Non-urgent advice: See a GP if you have:

  • a lump in your tummy
  • lost a noticeable amount of weight over the last 6 to 12 months without trying
  • other symptoms of gallbladder cancer that get worse or do not get better after 2 weeks
  • a condition that causes symptoms with your digestion that are not getting better after 2 weeks of using your usual treatments

Important

Many of these symptoms are very common and can be caused by many different conditions.

Having them does not definitely mean you have gallbladder cancer. But it's important to get them checked by a GP.

This is because if they're caused by cancer, finding it earlier makes it more treatable.

What happens at the GP appointment

The GP may feel your tummy.

They may ask you to have a blood test.

The GP may refer you to see a specialist in hospital for more tests if they think you have a condition that needs to be investigated.

This may be an urgent referral, usually within 2 weeks, if you have certain symptoms. This does not definitely mean you have cancer.