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How is a pancreatic cancer biopsy performed?

During a biopsy, a small portion of a suspicious mass or cyst is removed and examined under a microscope for the presence of cancerous tissue. Imaging studies are important when identifying the presence of a suspicious mass, but cannot determine the presence of pancreatic cancer with absolute certainty. A biopsy can provide your doctor with an exact diagnosis. However, it is important to note that obtaining a conclusive tissue sample can be difficult.

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