Archive for March, 2016
February is Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Awareness Month.
Gallbladder Cancer– when normal cells in the gallbladder grow uncontrollably forming a tumor that can be cancerous or benign.
The gallbladder is a small organ located under the liver that stores bile. The gallbladder is made up of 3 main layers of tissue. The mucosa which is the innermost layer covers the wall, the muscularis or the middle layer made up of smooth muscle and the serosa or the outer layer. Primary gallbladder cancer begins in the inner layer and spreads to the outer layer. Gallbladder cancer is usually not found in its earlier stages.
Signs & Symptoms
- Abdominal Pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- A lump in the abdomen
There is no known way to prevent gallbladder cancer although maintaining a healthy weight may help lower the risk.
Bile Duct Cancer– when normal cells in the bile duct change and grow uncontrollably and form a tumor that can be cancerous or benign.
The bile duct is a tube that connects the liver and gallbladder to the small intestine. It allows bile to flow into the small intestine.
Types of Bile Duct Cancer:
Extrahepatic- the part of the bile duct that is outside of the liver. Cancer usually begins in this part of the bile duct.
Intraheptic- 5%to 10% of bile duct cancers occur in the part of the bile duct located inside the liver
Cancer can occur anywhere in the bile duct.
Signs and Symptoms:
- Urine may become a dark color
- Bowel movements may become pale
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain (Early bile duct cancer does not cause pain but a person may experience pain if the cancer has spread)
There is no proven way to completely prevent this disease. However there are ways to lower the risk such as avoiding contact with hazardous chemicals, avoiding alcohol abuse and drinking only purified water and foods if traveling to parts of the world where liver flukes are common.
Also if you haven’t already please read these previous posts!
First I want to apologize for falling so far behind on posting here at TOAM. Sometimes as you all know life throws us a curve ball and certain projects have to get put on the back burner for a bit. I am happy to say that I will be posting more often again! I have set up a new posting schedule that correlates better with my busier lifestyle. Play, Repeat: My Current Song Obsession will now be posted bi- weekly as I am hoping to get more in depth with each of the songs. The poetry prompts will remain on a weekly basis and the All Cancer Awareness posts will also remain the same. However this year I am trying to incorporate lesser known and rarer cancers as well as the more well known cancers. So thank you all for your patience and for reading my posts! Be on the lookout for more here on TOAM very soon!