How does laparoscopy help diagnose pancreatic cancer?

Laparoscopy is a procedure in which a small camera attached to a thin, lighted tube is inserted directly into the abdominal cavity through a small incision. It is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. This means the patient is completely asleep during the procedure and does not respond to verbal or physical prompts.

By manipulating the camera, the doctor can directly view the pancreas and its surrounding organs. A tissue biopsy can be taken by passing a pair of forceps through the laparoscope.

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