Pancreatic Cancer Screening

There are no routine screenings to detect pancreatic cancer in early stages. If you are at a higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer, you may qualify for a special screening program.

Pancreatic cancer is most treatable when it is detected early. If you have a family history of the disease, talk to your doctor to learn if a family history screening program is right for you.

  • This starts by meeting with one of our genetic counselors to talk about your family and personal health history. About 10 percent of people who are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer have a family history of the disease.
  • The genetic counselor decides if it’s appropriate for you to see a pancreas specialist (gastroenterologist) for further consultation.
  • One of our gastroenterologists reviews your health information, examines you and discusses screening.
  • If you and your doctor decide to proceed with screening, you are scheduled for an endoscopic ultrasound (EUS).
  • In EUS, you are sedated and your doctor inserts a special tube (endoscope) equipped with an ultrasound device down your throat and into your digestive system. The endoscope lets your doctor see inside your internal organs and structures on monitors and, if needed, take a tissue sample (biopsy) to check for cancer.
  • If your EUS is normal, your doctor may recommend follow-up EUS testing once a year.
  • If your EUS shows abnormal results, your doctor will talk with you about next steps.

For more information about the family history pancreatic screening program, call 888-333-1306 or 414-385-2476.

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