The symptoms of gallbladder cancer usually do not appear until the cancer has reached an advanced stage. Many symptoms are like those due to gallstones or gallbladder inflammation. The following are typical symptoms of gallbladder cancer:
Pain or discomfort in the right side of the upper abdomen
A sense of fullness after eating even small amounts
Nausea and vomiting
Loss of weight without trying
Yellowing of the skin (jaundice) or the white area of the eyes (scleral icterus)
Currently, no routine tests are used to screen for gallbladder cancer. It is a rare disease often confused with other more common gallbladder problems. Symptoms of gallbladder cancer usually do not appear until the cancer is in its later stages. There are no blood tests that can detect this cancer consistently. Additionally, gallbladder cancer is often tough to see on ultrasounds and CT scans. These factors make early detection difficult.