Tests and next steps for gallbladder cancer

Tests for gallbladder cancer

You'll need more tests and scans to check for gallbladder cancer if the GP refers you to a specialist.

These tests can include:

You may not have all these tests.

These tests can also help find problems in other nearby organs, such as your bile ducts, pancreas or liver.

Getting your results

It can take several weeks to get the results of your tests.

Try not to worry if your results are taking a long time to get to you. It does not definitely mean anything is wrong.

You can call the hospital or GP if you're worried. They should be able to update you.

A specialist will explain what the results mean and what will happen next. You may want to bring someone with you for support.

If you're told you have gallbladder cancer

Being told you have gallbladder cancer can feel overwhelming. You may be feeling anxious about what will happen next.

Gallbladder cancer is sometimes found when you're having an operation to remove your gallbladder.

This might be because you have another condition, such as gallstones.

You might have been having tests and scans after being referred to a specialist by a GP.

A group of specialists will look after you throughout your diagnosis, treatment and beyond.

Your team will include a clinical nurse specialist who will be your main point of contact during and after treatment.

You can ask them any questions you have.


Get support

Macmillan Cancer Support has a free helpline that's open every day from 8am to 8pm.

They're there to listen if you have anything you want to talk about.

Call 0808 808 00 00

Next steps

If you're told you have gallbladder cancer, the specialists will use the results of some of the tests and scans to help find out the size of the cancer and how far it's spread (called the stage).

You may need to have more tests done.

Find out more about stages of gallbladder cancer from Cancer Research UK

The specialists will use the results of these tests and work with you to decide on the best treatment plan for you.

Page last reviewed: 13 June 2023
Next review due: 13 June 2026