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How does a laparoscopy help diagnose pancreatic cancer?

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For this surgical procedure, the surgeon will make several small incisions. She'll collect samples of tissue (this is called a biopsy). She'll also look inside your belly to see if pancreatic cancer has spread.

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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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