Screening & Detection

About Pancreatic Cancer

Tests and Diagnosis

According to researchers studying ways to detect pancreatic cancer early detection methods are still difficult. However, it is still not clear who should undergo screening and which screening tests are most reliable to detect pancreatic cancer in its earliest stages.

Currently there is NO SET STANDARD screening for pancreatic cancer. Every pancreatic cancer patient is unique in this area.

Please always contact your local cancer care center for further information regarding your specific form of pancreatic cancer.

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Based on a person’s exam, lab tests, and description of symptoms, a doctor often orders an imaging test:

Computed tomography (CT scan): A scanner takes multiple X-ray pictures, and a computer reconstructs them into detailed images of the inside of the abdomen. A CT scan helps doctors make a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): Using magnetic waves, a scanner creates detailed images of the abdomen, in particular the area around the pancreas, liver, and gallbladder.

Ultrasound: Harmless sound waves reflected off organs in the belly create images, potentially helping doctors make a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

Positron emission tomography (PET scan): Radioactive glucose injected into the veins is absorbed by cancer cells. PET scans may help determine the degree of pancreatic cancer spread.