If pancreatic cancer is suspected in a person taking Janumet to control their type 2 diabetes, a variety of tests may be ordered to confirm whether he or she actually has the disease. Janumet pancreatic cancer tests and diagnosis procedures may include ultrasound pictures, dye injections into the pancreatic duct to find cancerous tumors, tissue biopsies, and other tests. If pancreatic cancer is eventually confirmed, doctors will work to determine the stage and growth of the disease, which will help in deciding which treatments are best.
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How is Janumet-Induced Pancreatic Cancer Tested and Diagnosed?
Janumet pancreatic cancer tests and diagnosis procedures may include (but are not limited to):
- Imaging tests – Provide an enhanced view of the pancreas and other organs. Janumet pancreatic cancer imaging tests may include ultrasounds, CT scans, and MRIs.
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) – Mechanism that is passed down the esophagus through a tube that takes photos from inside the abdomen. Tissues may also be extracted during an EUS procedure.
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) – Designed to highlight the bile ducts of the pancreas. During an ERCP, an endoscope is passed down the patient’s throat and into the small intestine. Radioactive dye is then inserted into the pancreatic and bile ducts, and X-rays are taken.
- Biopsy – Tissue sample is extracted from the pancreas for analysis. Biopsies can be taken by inserting a needle through the skin into the pancreas, or by an endoscopic ultrasound, which guides specialized tools into the pancreas where a sample can be taken.
If Janumet pancreatic cancer is confirmed, the doctor will attempt to determine which stage the disease is in so as to use the best possible treatments. In order to determine how far pancreatic cancer has progressed, the following procedures may be implemented:
- Laparoscopy – Scope with a lighted tube and video camera that looks at the pancreas and other organs. Laparoscopes are passed through an incision in the abdomen, and the camera records video that can be viewed by the medical team. This can help determine whether pancreatic cancer has traveled to other parts of the body.
- Tumor marker test – Looks for proteins called tumor markers which cancerous cells leave behind. Tumor marker tests may be used to gauge the patient’s long-term outlook.
Click here to learn more about Janumet pancreatic cancer tests and diagnosis procedures from the American Cancer Society.
Do I Have a Janumet Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit?
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