NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Pancreatic Cancer - page 16

NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Pancreatic Cancer, Version 1.2014
Treatment planning starts with testing.
This section describes the tests
that are used to confirm (diagnose)
pancreatic cancer and plan treatment.
This information can help you use
Treatment guide
in Part 5. It may
also help you know what to expect
during testing. Not every person with
pancreatic cancer will receive every
test listed.
General health tests
Medical history
Before and after cancer treatment, your doctor will
assess your medical history. Your medical history
includes any health events in your life and any
medications you’ve taken. This information may affect
which cancer treatment is best for you. It may help to
make a list of old and new medications while at home
to bring to your doctor’s office. Since some health
problems run in families, your doctor may want to ask
about the medical history of your blood relatives.
Physical exam
Doctors often give a physical exam along with taking
a medical history. A physical exam is a review of your
body for signs of disease. During this exam, your
doctor will listen to your lungs, heart, and gut. Parts
of your body will likely be felt to see if organs are of
normal size, are soft or hard, or cause pain when
Your doctor will also check for jaundice. Jaundice
is a yellowing of the skin and eyes due to a buildup
Tests for pancreatic
14 General health tests
15 Imaging tests
18 Blood tests
19 Tissue tests
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