Gallbladder Cancer Program

  • Women are at higher risk to develop gallbladder cancer than men
  • There are no symptoms in the early stages
  • Gallbladder cancer is difficult to detect and therefore diagnose early
  • Symptoms of gallbladder cancer include
    • Bloating
    • Fever
    • Jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Pain above the stomach.
  • Certain factors can influence the recovery of gallbladder cancer including
    • How much of the cancer can be removed
    • Stage at which it is diagnosed
    • Type of cancer
    • Whether it is the first occurrence of the cancer or if it has returned

Cancer Care With You in Mind

You are unique, and your cancer isn't like anyone else's. Your cancer care shouldn't be, either. At University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, we'll design a treatment program tailored to your needs and your cancer. That's how it should be.

Why Choose Holden for Your Care?

Patients of Holden Cancer Center benefit from a team-based approach that puts each patient at the center. At Holden, experts in specific cancer types—including a genetic counselor certified and specializing in cancer genetic counseling—is part of this team.

Holden patients also benefit from medical advances that take into account an individual’s tumor, genes, environment, and lifestyle to diagnose and treat their specific types of cancer. Known as personalized, or precision medicine, this highly specialized approach is part of Holden’s commitment to providing life-changing medical treatments and care.

  • Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only institution in Iowa to hold the prestigious designation of being a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers are rated in the top 4 percent of the approximately 1,500 cancer centers in the United States. A recent study published in the journal Cancer showed that patients treated at NCI designated cancer centers have better survival outcomes than patients treated at non-NCI designated cancer centers.
  • To be considered a "comprehensive" center means our teams have expertise in clinical, laboratory, and population-based research. Our doctors and staff are on top of the newest developments in cancer research, treatment, and diagnosis.
  • Our team of experts will design a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs – we don’t believe in "one size fits all."
  • Our multidisciplinary team is ready to offer all of the services you need for your neuroendocrine care. We know no one wants to stay in the hospital longer than necessary, so we work especially hard to make sure your treatment options are done on an out-patient basis, allowing you to rest in the comfort of your own home.

Services That Set Us Apart

  • Experts focused primarily on gallbladder cancer. Our gallbladder specialists concentrate primarily on these kinds of cancers so they understand the disease, know about the most recent treatment options from surgery to chemotherapy, and can help you determine what is best for you.
  • Innovative clinical trials. Not only do we offer access to the most recent treatment methods and therapies, our physicians are also researchers, placing them right in the heart of the latest breakthroughs in gallbladder cancers.
  • Multiple treatment options. Each gallbladder diagnosis is different, and each treatment option should be too. Our doctors and staff work with you to create a treatment program that will best fit you and your cancer.
  • New infusion suite designed with patients in mind. Our infusion suite was designed with patient input to create a comfortable, welcoming environment. Take our virtual tour.

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Care Team

Team-Based Approach

We bring experts from different fields of medicine to work together as a team called a multidisciplinary oncology group. Because many neuroendocrine patients require more than one form of treatment, our team meets regularly to discuss the best course of treatment and works together to design the best personalized plan for every patient. The team includes Surgical Oncologists, Endocrine Oncologists, Medical Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists, Social Workers, Pathologists, Pediatric Oncologists, Pharmacists, Nurses, and laboratory-based Scientists. Our team of specialists focuses not just on neuroendocrine cancer, but on your neuroendocrine cancer.

Neuroendocrine Cancer Clinic

Co-Director: Thomas O’Dorisio, M.D.

Co-Director: James Howe, M.D.

Gastrointestinal Neuroendocrine Oncology Multidisciplinary Team (GI-NET MOG)

Co-Leader: James Howe, MD (Surgeon)

Co-Leader: Daniel Berg, MD (Medical oncologist)