By David Mittleman

Pancreatic Cancer can go undetected until it has advance to the point where successful treatment is unlikely. Pancreatic cancer is notorious for its poor prognosis, with a low overall 5-year survival rate of only 8.7%. Early detection gives you the best chance of survival, but the diagnosis of cancer by fine needle aspiration, due to misinterpretation and misdiagnosis by a pathologist can lead to a death sentence not from cancer, but the poison of unnecessary chemotherapy, radiation, and surgeries.

If your doctor suspects pancreatic cancer, the following tests are available: