CancerBro, what are the investigations required to confirm the diagnosis of Pancreas cancer?
Investigations required to confirm the diagnosis of Pancreas cancer and stage the disease are imaging and endoscopic ultrasound.
Laparoscopic exploration of the abdomen may also be required in certain cases.
CT scan or ultrasound of abdomen is done when there is a suspicion of pancreatic cancer.
X-ray and CT scan of the chest may also be done if required.
Endoscopic ultrasound is an important investigation in the case of Pancreas cancer.
It helps us to better localize and assess the spread of the tumor into the pancreas and adjacent structures.
It also helps us to take a biopsy from the tumor for histopathological diagnosis.
The biopsy may be is taken through the posterior wall of the stomach, when the cancer is located in the body or tail of the pancreas.
Laparoscopic exploration may be required in certain cases to better assess the spread of the tumor to peritoneum or other abdominal structures.
These were the pancreas cancer investigations required to confirm the diagnosis of cancer and stage the disease.
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