As well as helping to diagnose pancreatic cancer, a biopsy may give your doctors information about the grade and the type of pancreatic cancer. Different tests can be done on the cells that give more information and help the doctors plan the best treatment.
A biopsy for pancreatic cancer can be taken in different ways.
The doctor may take a biopsy during an:
These tests use a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope to look at the pancreas from inside the small bowel.
Through the skin
During surgery to look inside the tummy
The doctor will send the sample of cells to a laboratory to test for cancer. To help make an accurate diagnosis, they sometimes repeat the biopsy.