Programs

Gallbladder Cancer Treatment in Israel

Gallbladder cancer is a relatively rare malignancy. However, gallstones, which are considered to be one of its main risk factors, are becoming more and more prevalent. It has also been associated with:

  • Chronic cholecystitis
  • Gallbladder cysts and polyps
  • Biliary calcinosis
  • Chronic Salmonella infection
  • Helicobacter Pylori

They symptoms of gallbladder carcinoma are usually not well pronounced. Patients most commonly report presistent dull pain below the right ribs, mild jaundice, reduced appetite and weight loss.

Please find our gallbladder cancer treatment in Israel program below.

Diagnosis

  • Full blood workup (including CBC, CMP, coagulation factors, electrolyte levels, lipid profile, tumour markers, pancreatic enzymes and HbA1c)
  • Abdominal Ultrasound with Doppler
  • Abdominal MRI scan (with and without contrast material)
  • Optional: MRCP scan (magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography)
  • PET-CT scan to rule out metastases

These procedures will take 5 business days to complete. The work up will take place at the advanced Assuta Hospital. Please note that an abdominal surgeon’s exam is often also scheduled as part of the work up.

Treatment

Surgery

If no mets are discovered, the most common method of treatment is a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder resection) with lymph node sampling. Price of operation includes the following:

  • Routine preoperative preparation including an ECG, chest X-ray and an anesthesiologist consultation
  • Operative procedure and up to 2 days of hospitalization
  • Disposable surgical materials
  • Intraoperative express biopsy and definitive histopathological study

It is advised you remain in Israel for approximately 7 days following your discharge from the hospital for follow-up care. During this period you will be examined by a gastric oncologist, who will determine the appropriate course of post-operative treatment (monitoring vs chemotherapy), and will also be referred to a clinical dietitian.

Chemotherapy

If the cancer is found to have spread beyond the regional lymph nodes into other organs and/or the omentum neoadjuvant chemotherapy might be indicated. Your treatment protocol will depend on the type of tumour. The chemotherapy protocol will be drawn up by Assuta’s oncologists, who are among the top specialists in their field in Israel.

A PET/CT scan and abdominal surgeon exam will be scheduled following 6 cycles of chemotherapy to evaluate response to treatment and assess whether surgery can take place.

Please Note

The suggested treatment (by a specialist recommended by us) will take place at Assuta Medical Center, which is the best hospital in Israel. If you would like, we can instead arrange treatment for you at one of Israel’s public hospitals. In such case, the cost of the surgery (not including the logistics package) will be lower by 20 to 30 per cent. However, while we can guarantee that the surgery will be performed by one of that hospital’s top experts, the decision regarding which physician will depend on the hospitals’ schedule.