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how do they test for pancreatic cancer

A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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CT, EUS, MRI, biopsy: This can be difficult to diagnose, but the most common methods are by a ct or MRI scan. Also endoscopic ultrasound (eus) can be used to obtain a samp ... Read More
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Imagiing & tissue: Pancreatic cancers do not produce specific symptoms, if the diagnosis is considered, ct and ultrasound of the abdomen would be the initial tests. If ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
30 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Not presently: Most cases are detected at an advanced stage as no effective screening test exists for pancreatic cancer.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
47 years experience Radiation Oncology
If you are referring: To a blood test (ca 19-9), it is no way to check for pancreas cancer. It may be a "send out" and take a week or 2, but high, low or normal you may or ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
24 years experience General Surgery
At least a week: The results for pancreatic cancer can take a week or even longer. Most likely you had an ercp. You were sedated and they put a camera down you throa ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
No good tests: Unfortunatley there are no good, easy screening tests for pancreatic cancer. If you have a family history of the disease, your doctor may do ct or ul ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Hold up: There is little indication for screening for pancreatic cancer if you have no abdominal pain. If you do have pain you must see your primary doctor soo ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
47 years experience Radiation Oncology
Radioligists will: Call the ordering physician and they will usually see you in the office, decie what other tests are needed, becaue u/s does not give definitive answer ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
48 years experience Rheumatology
Not to my knowledge: Not to my knowledge.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Hemming
17 years experience Gastroenterology
Anywhere?: There is no perfect test for pancreatic cancer though it is most commonly diagnosed with a pancreatic protocol ct or mri. Those can be done at most an ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Biopsy: Unfortunately there are no reliable blood tests for early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Fine needle aspirate and/or biospy is the only sure way to ... Read More

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