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How do they test for pancreatic cancer

A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Surgical Oncology 19 years experience
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
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
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
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Not presently: Most cases are detected at an advanced stage as no effective screening test exists for pancreatic cancer.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
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 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
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
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
A Verified Doctoranswered
Endocrinology 52 years experience
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 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 18 years experience
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
Pathology 50 years experience
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
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 46 years experience
Early diagnosis of : Pancreatic cancer is difficult, unless it is located in the head and causes obstructive jaundice. Early stage cases are found when an imaging study s... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Criteria: For autoimmune pancreatitis, the duct must be narrowed on imaging and there must be autoantibodies or a histopathologic / biopsy diagnosis. Diagnosing... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Miller
Pathology 42 years experience
Usually: Pancreatic cancer is usually an aggressive malignancy with a fairly rapid course, even with therapy; with no therapy it is expected to progress quickl... Read More
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