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scans was posted 11/25/2016 11:43 am by Anonymous
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CT must be done with IV contrast for pancreatic cancer. It is very good, quick, easy.

Sometimes (but not often), a CT is normal or more often... suspicious appearing.... so they want to do additional testing. Then sometimes an Endoscopic ultrasound or EUS (is starting to replace the ERCP) is sometimes done. This is a more invasive test, that is not as complete as the CT scan, but can see some subtle lesions close up that might be overlooked on CT. This is also done sometimes if there is a lesion that they are trying to take a biopsy from.

But for a first step, CT with contrast and blood tests to check liver, pancreas function and possibly tumor markers blood tests (CA19-9 and CEA) are the way to go. If these are all normal, your examination by the doctor is normal, and you are being seen by a pancreas expert, your chances of having PC are incredibly low.

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