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How is pancreatic cancer diagnosed?

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In addition to a history and physical exam, imaging tests will be performed to help make the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. These tests include:

  • Ultrasound
  • CT scanning
  • MRI
  • Endoscopic ultrasonography
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography A definitive diagnosis of pancreatic cancer only comes from removal of tissue (biopsy) for examination in a lab. This can be done with a needle through the skin, during endoscopy, or with an operation.

From: Pancreatic Cancer Overview WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society web site: "Detailed Guide: Pancreatic Cancer."

National Cancer Institute web site: "Pancreatic Cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 30, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society web site: "Detailed Guide: Pancreatic Cancer."

National Cancer Institute web site: "Pancreatic Cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 30, 2017

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