How do they test for pancreatic cancer?

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 sample of the tissue (a biopsy).
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 a mass is detected, it may be sampled by fine needle aspiration and examination of the material by a pathologist. It may require opening the abdomen or laproscopy to confirm the diagnosis. There are no good blood tests for the disease.

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

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. Read more...

How long is it supposed to it take for results from a test for pancreatic cancer?

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 throat then did washings looking for cancer cells. The pathologist will look carefully and it may take time. Call your doctor to make sure the specimen is still pending. Read more...

Where can I get screening test for pancreatic cancer?

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 ultrasound examination of the pancreas/abdomen. Read more...
No screening test. There is no usual test for screening for pancreatic cancer- no blood or ct scans are benficial in this setting. Read more...

After ultrasound test for pancreatic cancer where would they tell you if it showed up?

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...You'll need biopsy proof. Phone contact for further tests is ok, conveying malignant diagnosis by phone is poor form. Read more...

Where can I pay for tests for pancreatic cancer in the u.S.?

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 any facility. Read more...

What is an accurate way to find pancreatic cancer early; what test can be done?

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 make a diagnsis and this modality can not be used for screening. Read more...