Pancreatic cancer diagnosis

If your doctor suspects you have pancreatic cancer or a pancreatic NET, you will undergo tests to confirm the diagnosis. The tests will also show where in the pancreas the cancer is, and whether it has spread to nearby organs or other parts of the body. This is called staging.

Tests may include blood tests, a CT scan and other imaging tests, endoscopic tests and tissue sampling (biopsy). The tests you have will depend on the symptoms, type and stage of the cancer. You will not have all the tests described here. Some are only used to detect pancreatic NETs.


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