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What is laparoscopy for pancreatic cancer?

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A laparoscopy is a surgical procedure that uses several small incisions. A surgeon collects tissue for a biopsy, as well as sees inside the abdomen to determine if pancreatic cancer has spread. However, a laparoscopy has higher risks than other biopsy approaches.

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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

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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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