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How does an endoscopic ultrasound help diagnose pancreatic cancer?

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The doctor slides a flexible tube with a camera and other tools on its end (it's called an endoscope) through your mouth and down into the small intestine, near your pancreas. An ultrasound probe on the endoscope locates the mass, and a needle on the endoscope plucks a sample of tissue from the tumor. This is called a biopsy.

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

National Cancer Institute: "Islet Cell Tumors."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 24, 2017

SOURCES:

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

National Cancer Institute: "Islet Cell Tumors."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 24, 2017

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