If pancreatic cancer is suspected in a patient taking Januvia (sitagliptin), a number of tests may be performed to confirm the diagnosis. Tests and diagnosis methods typically include ultrasound photos, injecting dye into the pancreatic duct to look for tumors, tissue biopsies, and other procedures.
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How is Pancreatic Cancer Tested and Diagnosed?
Pancreatic cancer tests and diagnosis methods may include:
- Imaging tests – Used to get a better view of the patient’s pancreas and other internal organs. Pancreatic cancer imaging tests may include ultrasounds, computerized tomography (CT) scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) – Device that passes through a tube down the esophagus and takes pictures from inside the abdomen. A tissue biopsy may also be taken during an endoscopic ultrasound.
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) – Procedure that illuminates the pancreas’ bile ducts. During an ERCP, an endoscope is passed down the patient’s esophagus and into the upper region of the small intestine. Radioactive dye is then injected into the pancreatic and bile ducts, and X-rays are taken.
- Biopsy – Surgical procedure where a small sample of tissue from the pancreas is extracted for analysis. Pancreatic cancer biopsies can be taken by inserting a needle through the patient’s skin into the pancreas, or by an endoscopic ultrasound, which guides special tools into the pancreas where a sample can be gathered.
Once a positive diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is made, a medical team will figure out which stage the disease is in to implement the best treatments possible. In order to determine the stage of pancreatic cancer, one or more of the following procedures may be used:
- Laparoscopy – Scope that uses a lighted tube with a video camera to analyze the pancreas and other organs. The device is passed through an incision in the patient’s abdomen, and the camera on the end records video that can be seen on a screen in the operating room. This allows the medical team to see whether Januvia pancreatic cancer has migrated to different parts of the body.
- Tumor marker test – Blood test used to look for specific proteins (tumor markers) which pancreatic cancer cells leave behind. Tumor marker levels may be measured to gauge the patient’s long-term prognosis.
Click here to read more about pancreatic cancer tests and diagnosis procedures from Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Do I Have a Januvia Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Januvia lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new pancreatic cancer cases in all 50 states.
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