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Understanding Your Diagnosis

  • Pancreatic Cancer: Diagnosis

    If your healthcare provider thinks you might have pancreatic cancer, you’ll need certain exams and tests to be sure. Learn what tests are used to diagnose pancreatic cancer.

  • Pancreatic Cancer: Tests After Diagnosis

    After a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, you will likely have other tests. These tests help your healthcare team learn more about your cancer. Learn which tests you may have.

  • Biopsy

    Detailed information on biopsy, including the most common types of biopsy, such as endoscopic biopsy, bone marrow biopsy, excisional biopsy, incisional biopsy, fine needle aspiration biopsy, punch biopsy, shave biopsy, and skin biopsy

  • Abdominal Ultrasound

    An abdominal ultrasound is a procedure used to assess the organs and structures within the abdomen (belly). This includes the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, bile ducts, spleen, kidneys, and abdominal aorta. Ultrasound allows your healthcare provider to easily view the abdominal organs and structures from outside the body. Ultrasound may also be used to assess blood flow to abdominal organs.

  • CT Scan of the Pancreas

    CT scan is a type of imaging test. It uses X-rays and computer technology to make images or slices of the body. A CT scan can make detailed pictures of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, organs, and blood vessels. They are more detailed than regular X-rays.

  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

    Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, or ERCP, is a procedure to diagnose and treat problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas. It combines X-ray and the use of an endoscope—a long, flexible, lighted tube.

  • Pancreas Scan

    A pancreas scan uses nuclear radiology to search for, and sometime treat, tumors in the pancreas.

  • Pancreatic Cancer: Stages

    The stage of a cancer is how much and how far the cancer has spread in your body. Learn how pancreatic cancer is staged.

  • Pancreatic Cancer: Newly Diagnosed

    Being told you have pancreatic cancer can be scary, and you may have many questions. But you have people on your healthcare team to help.

  • Pancreatic Cancer: Statistics

    Learn statistics about pancreatic cancer.

  • Pancreatic Cancer: Prognosis (Your Chances of Recovery)

    Prognosis is the word your healthcare team may use to describe your likely outcome from cancer and cancer treatment. Learn about your chances of recovery from pancreatic cancer.