First line Investigations

Pancreatic Cancer Action
Patient Information Booklets

What is Pancreatic cancer and how is it diagnosed?

This booklet for patients and carers describes pancreatic cancer, its causes and symptoms. It gives detailed information on the diagnostic tests used and the stages of pancreatic cancer. It includes a section on what to ask your doctor, where to go for further information and a glossary to explain many of the terms used.

First line investigations may diagnose pancreatic cancer or rule out other diseases.

Investigations into pancreatic cancer take a step by step approach. Patients often have vague or nonspecific symptoms that could be due to many diseases and most people with these symptoms do not have the disease. Investigations into pancreatic cancer begin with minimally invasive tests, such as scans and blood tests which are easy to carry out and more convenient for the patient.