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The Tucker Gosnell Center for Gastrointestinal Cancer offers a collaborative and caring approach to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with confirmed or suspected gallbladder cancer. Consistently ranked as one of the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report, we provide the latest, most effective treatments including many innovative approaches to clinical care and promising new therapies, including:
Our pathologists sub-specialize in the diagnosis of gallbladder cancer, and are internationally recognized and consulted. They participate in weekly tumor board meetings, sharing information about each patient’s unique cancer with the entire care team to help guide treatment planning.
All members of our diagnostic radiology team are nationally recognized for expertise in using the most advanced imaging tools to diagnose and stage gallbladder cancer and to detect tumor changes. Our imaging technologies include:
Other services include:
For many patients diagnosed with gallbladder cancer, administering cancer-fighting chemotherapy may be the most effective treatment. Pre-operative chemotherapy may be recommended to shrink tumors before surgery to help surgeons ensure a complete removal. Some new therapies that are currently available or in development are designed to block mutations and pathways that cause tumor cells to proliferate. By targeting tumor gene mutations with these “smart drugs,” our doctors are beginning to understand how to eradicate malignant cells in some patients' tumors without using standard treatments like traditional chemotherapy and radiation.
Our team’s skill and experience performing advanced gallbladder cancer surgical procedures makes us a major referral center for complex medical problems. The team provides state-of-the-art evaluation, treatment and post-surgical services. Depending on the type and stage, gallbladder cancer may be treated by removing all the cancer (resectable) or to relieve pain and prevent complications if the tumor is widespread (unresectable). The type of surgery depends on the stage of the cancer, the location and size of the tumor, and the patient’s health. Because some gallbladder cancer may recur if only the gallbladder is removed, a more extensive operation called an extended (or radical) cholecystectomy is often performed.
Our radiation oncologists use the most advanced therapies to treat gallbladder cancer, many of which are available at only a few select hospitals. Radiation therapy may be given alone, or in combination with surgery and chemotherapy.
Depending on the nature of a patient’s cancer, our team may suggest:
Learn more about radiation therapy.
Our research program in gallbladder cancer is a multifaceted effort designed to better understand cancer biology, discover new therapies and improve treatment. The research program in gallbladder and all GI cancers is one of New England’s largest, allowing us to bring promising new treatments to patients as quickly as possible.
Learn more about our research.
Our team approach ensures that every patient benefits from an individualized, coordinated and compassionate treatment plan, with care provided by leading experts from many specialties. We consider patients, their family and friends involved in their care to be part of this team. Depending on the stage and other characteristics of your gallbladder cancer, this treatment plan may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or a combination of these therapies. Physicians and other caregivers meet together regularly as a team to review films and discuss all cases to ensure the best possible treatment planning.
Your care team may include:
Members of your care team meet regularly with you and your referring physician to ensure clear communication and seamless coordination of care.
Our multidisciplinary team of gallbladder cancer specialists provides individualized care and compassionate support services tailored to the needs of each patient. We combine clinical expertise with the most advanced medical technologies, research and clinical trials available to offer every patient the most appropriate therapies. The Cancer Center is dedicated to ensuring that patients fully understand their diagnosis and treatment options.
Patients are usually seen within one week of referral.
The Cancer Center is a leading provider of clinical trials in New England for gallbladder cancer, making clinical trial evaluation of new therapies a key treatment option. The goal of the clinical trial is to seek and answer scientific questions and to find better ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat cancer.
Phone: (617) 726-5130
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