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NICE guideline 3: Working out how far pancreatic cancer has spread

3.1 If you have recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer but haven’t already had a CT scan, you should be offered one. The scan should include the chest, abdomen (tummy) and pelvis (area below the belly button).

3.2 If you have localised pancreatic cancer and will be having surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy, you should be offered a FDG-PET/CT scan.

The FDG-PET/CT scan helps to confirm whether it is possible to remove the cancer.

3.3 If the doctors need more information to decide on your care, they should consider one or more of the following:

Read other sections of the NICE guidelines for pancreatic cancer:

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Published: August 2018

Review date: August 2020