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How long does it take to get results from a test for pancreatic cancer?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology

In brief: 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 may not have pancreas cancer, and should ot have had this test. Symptoms(pain, belching, stool color and pattern change and signs (weight loss, pain, new diabetes, jaundice) should lead to imaging, endoscopy and biopsy, then ca-19-9 if positive.

In brief: 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 may not have pancreas cancer, and should ot have had this test. Symptoms(pain, belching, stool color and pattern change and signs (weight loss, pain, new diabetes, jaundice) should lead to imaging, endoscopy and biopsy, then ca-19-9 if positive.
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