Diagnostic Tests for Pancreatic Cancer

Diagnostic Tests for Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer can be difficult to diagnose. That’s partly because the pancreas is located deep in the belly and is difficult to feel or examine, and partly because symptoms may develop gradually.

A single standard diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer does not yet exist.

So if a person has symptoms that suggest pancreatic cancer, his or her doctor may use a variety of tests to make the diagnosis and to stage the cancer.

The tests may include a number of different imaging tests (MRI, CT, PET, and ultrasound) as well as blood chemistry studies, biopsies, and more.

The diagnostic tests the doctor orders may differ depending on whether he or she suspects an exocrine tumor or a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (PNET).