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Feb 2
Category: Everything Cancer,Uncategorized

Written By: Imerman Angels @ 8:30 am

Perhaps when you think of February you may think of candy hearts and rose deliveries to your office.  At Imerman Angels, we think of Gall Bladder Cancer Awareness Month.  You may be wondering “What/Where is my Gallbladder?”.   Below is the skinny on this rarely discussed body organ and the cancer that can affect it:

What is a Gallbladder: Your gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, just beneath your liver.

What does it do: The gallbladder stores bile, a digestive fluid produced by your liver.

Gallbladder cancer is relatively uncommon and effects about 9,810 new cases annually.  It is more common in women than men, and is more common when there have been previous gallstones, obesity, are over 70 or have a family history.

Because of the rare nature of GBC, fighters may come up short when searching for others who have fought a similar fight.  Throughout this month, we are hoping to fulfill our mission so that no one fights cancer alone by connecting with GBC fighters, survivors and caregivers.   We would love to hear your story if you feel called to share it with a fellow member of the cancer community: 877-274-5529.

3 Comments »

  1. Thank you for the information and support of cancer. I wrote a song about cancer when my sister in law got breast cancer at age 24. I hope you enjoy it and possibly find it helpful. Here is the think. http://youtu.be/GcSJJoUHL_0 thanks again.

    Comment by Thomas — Feb 5 @ 10:45 am

  2. I am a Gallbladder Cancer survivor of 3 weeks. My cancer was discovered as the result of a routine gallbladder removal because of stones. I am lucky, as it was discovered in stage 2. The oncology surgeon discovered a cancerous lymph node while doing a liver rescection. I was treated with chemo and radiation from September of 2012 until March 2013. I am beginning to feel good again! Hopefully the cancer will not come back forever!!!
    I pray for all the cancer people and the survivors. Oh yes, I was treated at Froedtert and the Medical College in Milwaukee, WI. They have a great Cancer Center.

    Comment by Peggy Ann — Apr 16 @ 3:51 pm

  3. Hello, Since March 2013 I have been dealing with gallbladder cancer. March 15,2013 I went in for a simple surgery to remove my gallbladder. A week later the doctor told me it was stage 4. Very shocking, especially when the CT Scans didn’t pick up on it or blood tests, later I learned that the reason for that was because it is a flat cancer. No one has ever heard of that. The same day I was told it was cancerous I ended up back in the hospital with a leak in the bile duct and 2 stones. After 8 days in the hospital, I went to see a surgeon. Because of the difficulty I had with the leak, a team of doctors, half and half, said it would be good to wait and have chemo for 3 months because my stomach would be too swollen, more risk factors, so I did take the chemo with my first oncologist. Then at the end of July, I was going to have this big surgery to look at my liver and take whatever out, well that never happened. The surgeon looked in the stomach area and found about 3 spots on the abdominal lining and stopped the surgery. My children wanted a second opinion so I went to a well know cancer treatment center in Zion, IL. The place was a very nice facility but all they could offer was chemo as well as the surgeon did and I would have to go back and forth every three weeks. At the end of my first week there, I had one chemo treatment and it made me so sick and my hair fell out as well. When I was laying there in bed for 4 days I decided not to have chemo and to do an alternative and natural way method. My quality of life was going to be aweful with chemo. And my doctors said it was fast growing. I didn’t feel like being sick with what time I have left. And the doctors said that they don’t even know if the chemo was going to work but they have hundreds of medicines. I have done a lot of research and I am doing three things right now to help fight this terrible disease. I really believe I will conquer this! I’m trusting God. And so far so good! And I’m not giving up!
    I just ran across this site and I hope this is what I was suppose to write in the comment area. I hope this will help other people. I sure didn’t know what to do when I first knew what I had. I know not everyone is alike but I just wanted to share my story and I hope it helps.

    Comment by Kandie — Oct 10 @ 6:51 pm

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