Individuals who are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer linked to Byetta (exenatide) may required extensive medical tests and treatment. Pancreatic cancer is conclusively diagnosed with a biopsy, but other tests may also be necessary — including ultrasounds, MRIs, CT scans, and more.
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Byetta and Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis
Conclusive diagnosis of pancreatic cancer requires a biopsy (tissue sample) of the tumor. Unfortunately, by the time diagnosis occurs, more than 80% of people are diagnosed with a cancer that has already metastasized (spread to other organs or tissues). Early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is rare because it rarely produces symptoms in its early stages. If there are symptoms, these may include:
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea, diarrhea
- Weight loss
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin, eyes)
Tests for Pancreatic Cancer
Patients who are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after using Byetta may need to undergo the following tests:
- Blood tests: Pancreatic cancer produces certain bio-markers and hormones which can be detected in the blood. However, by the time blood levels are high enough to be detected, the cancer has usually spread. Blood tests are also used to check the general health of the pancreas, kidneys, liver, etc.
- CT scan: This test uses a series of X-ray images to create a 3D image of the abdomen.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): This test uses magnetic waves to create an image of the abdomen.
- Ultrasound: This test uses sound waves to produce images of internal organs. A wand-shaped device called a transducer is placed on the abdomen, where it emits sound waves that bounce off internal organs and produce an image.
- Endoscopic ultrasound: This type of ultrasound is more accurate for diagnosing pancreatic cancer in Byetta patients. An endoscope is a long, flexible tube with a tiny ultrasound emitter. It is passed through the patient’s esophagus and stomach and pointed at the pancreas to get a picture of the pancreas and small tumors.
- Biopsy: The only way to conclusively diagnose pancreatic cancer is by removing a small piece of the tumor and looking at it under a microscope. There are minimally-invasive biopsy techniques that go through the skin using a long, thin needle.
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