Tests and next steps
You will need more tests and scans to check for pancreatic cancer if a GP refers you to a specialist.
These tests can include:
- blood tests
- scans, like an ultrasound scan (sometimes from inside your body using an endoscope), CT scan, PET scan, or MRI scan
- collecting a small sample of cells from the pancreas (called a biopsy) to be checked for cancer
- a small operation to look inside your tummy, called a laparoscopy
- a test called an ERCP – find out more about ERCP from Cancer Research UK
You may not have all these tests.
These tests can also help find problems in other nearby organs such as your bile ducts, gallbladder or liver.
Getting your results
It can take several weeks to get the results of your tests.
Try not to worry if your results are taking a long time to get to you. It does not definitely mean anything is wrong.
You can call the hospital or GP if you are worried. They should be able to update you.
A specialist will explain what the results mean and what will happen next. You may want to bring someone with you for support.
If you're told you have pancreatic cancer
Being told you have pancreatic cancer can feel overwhelming. You may be feeling anxious about what will happen next.
It can help to bring someone with you to any appointments you have.
A group of specialists will look after you throughout your diagnosis, treatment and beyond.
Your team will include a clinical nurse specialist who will be your main point of contact during and after treatment.
You can ask them any questions you have.
Macmillan Cancer Support has a free helpline that's open every day from 8am to 8pm.
They're there to listen if you have anything you want to talk about.
Call 0808 808 00 00
If you've been told you have pancreatic cancer, the specialists will use the results of some of the tests and scans to help find out the size of the cancer and how far it's spread (called the stage).
You may need to have more tests done.
Find out more about what cancer stages and grades mean.
The specialists will use the results of these tests and work with you to decide on the best treatment plan for you.