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How does endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography help diagnose pancreatic cancer?

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For this procedure, 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. The tool collects images from the area and takes a small sample of tissue called a biopsy with a brush.

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

National Cancer Institute: "Islet Cell Tumors."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 13, 2019

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

National Cancer Institute: "Islet Cell Tumors."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 13, 2019

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