According to a new study by Sean Harbison, M.D., F.A.C.S., associate professor of surgery at Temple University School of Medicine and Temple University Hospital, laparoscopy does not appear to spread gallbladder cancer, nor does it hinder future surgeries. “Laparoscopic techniques might actually help us diagnose gallbladder cancer earlier and should remain as a treatment option,” said Harbison.
Although rare, gallbladder cancer is particularly deadly because it is usually discovered at a very late stage. Both the location of the gallbladder and the lack of distinguishing symptoms make it difficult to diagnose early, when it’s more treatable. In fact, only 25 percent of gallbladder cancers are found early, and this is usually by chance, during a procedure for another condition—for instance, during surgery to remove gallstones.
In recent years, however, the growth of minimally invasive surgical techniques such as laparoscopy, has improved doctors’ ability to find gallbladder cancer earlier. Laparoscopy entails the insertion of narrow tubes with cameras attached through the navel or other small incisions. What has concerned surgeons, though, is whether laparoscopy hinders further surgical treatment for gallbladder cancer and whether laparoscopic surgery will spread the gallbladder cancer cells to other areas of the abdomen.
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