I would think so. They took out my gallbladder when I first had my tumor removed and I still have some bile ducts that cause trouble. Just a guess. Also, even once your bits have been removed, it is very common to get cc in other organs and places. I feel like you are asking one question but might be looking for a different answer...if I am wrong, apologies. CC is usually a slow growing cancer, so your mother most likely already had it when she was diagnosed with gallstones. In fact, many people who are diagnosed with gallstones, actually dont have gallstones but cc. I am one of those. This is a NASTY cancer. It hides, it masquerades, it hits you with a vengence. If your mother had the surgery to have her gallbladder removed, it is likely they would have found the cancer then. However, that doesnt mean she would have survived. Chemo isnt usually the answer for this cancer like it is others. Other treatments may or may not help-it is so individual. MAny respond, many dont. You cannot blame yourself or the doctors for your mother not getting surgery or detecting this cancer earlier. That is the beast of cc. I am terribly sorry you lost your mom to this.
Cancer is a word, not a sentence.
36 year old patient with buckets of hope