Gallbladder Cancer Treatments

Northwestern Medicine provides patients with multiple treatment options for gallbladder cancer, including:

  • Surgery: Surgery may be used to remove the tumor(s) from the gallbladder or to remove portions or all of the gallbladder and/or other affected organs.
  • Radiation therapy: Radiation therapy uses targeted radioactive waves to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors.
  • Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is medication that is administered intravenously or orally to kill cancer cells.

Gallbladder cancer may be treated with a single treatment or a combination of these therapies.


There are a variety of treatment options for gallbladder cancer. Your physician will help you choose the best treatment based on your cancer stage, age, overall health and personal preferences.