If your doctor suspects that you may have Byetta pancreatic cancer, a number of tests may be performed to confirm the diagnosis. Byetta pancreatic cancer tests and diagnosis procedures may include ultrasound pictures, scopes to inject dye into the pancreatic duct, biopsies to remove tissue, and other techniques. Once Byetta pancreatic cancer is confirmed, your doctor will work to assess the stage of the disease, which will help determine what treatments will work best for you.
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How is Byetta Pancreatic Cancer Tested and Diagnosed?
Byetta pancreatic cancer tests and diagnosis methods include:
- Imaging tests – Used to help the doctor get a better view of the patient’s internal organs, including the pancreas. Imaging tests used to diagnose Byetta pancreatic cancer may include ultrasounds, computerized tomography (CT) scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) – Device designed to be passed through a thin flexible tube down the esophagus into the stomach that takes images from inside the patient’s abdomen. A biopsy may also be taken during an EUS procedure.
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) – Device that highlights the bile ducts in the pancreas. During the ERCP procedure, an endoscope is passed down the patient’s throat, through the stomach and into the upper part of the small intestine. A dye is then injected into the pancreatic and bile ducts through a catheter. After this is complete, X-rays are taken of the ducts, and a biopsy may be collected.
- Biopsy – Procedure that involves taking a small sample of tissue from the pancreas for detailed analysis under a microscope. Biopsies can be obtained by inserting a needle through the patient’s skin into the pancreas (fine-needle aspiration), or by an endoscopic ultrasound, which guides special tools into the pancreas where a sample of cells can be obtained for examination.
Once a diagnosis of Byetta pancreatic cancer is confirmed, the patient’s doctor will attempt to determine the stage of the disease so as to implement the most effective treatment procedures. In order to determine the stage of Byetta pancreatic cancer, the doctor may recommend one or more of the following procedures:
- Laparoscopy – Scope that uses a lighted tube with a video camera to explore the pancreas and surrounding tissues. The surgeon passes the device through an incision in the patient’s abdomen, and the camera on the end transmits video to a screen in the operating room. This allows the doctor to determine whether Byetta pancreatic cancer has spread to other parts of the abdomen.
- Tumor marker test – The patient’s blood may be tested for specific proteins (tumor markers) which Byetta pancreatic cancer cells leave behind. Tumor marker levels may be measured before, during, and after treatment, or to gauge the patient’s prognosis (long-term outlook).
Click here to learn more about Byetta pancreatic cancer tests and diagnosis from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Do I Have a Byetta Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit?
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