Pancreatic Cancer Information
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What Is Pancreatic Cancer?
Pancreatic cancer is an aggressive form of cancer that develops in the tissues of the pancreas. Located in the abdomen behind the lower part of the stomach, the pancreas aids in digestion. It contains both exocrine glands (which produce enzymes that help the body digest food) and endocrine glands (which produce hormones, including insulin, that help control blood sugar levels in the body).
Types of Pancreatic Cancer
There are two types of pancreatic cancer, that of the exocrine gland and that of the endocrine gland. About 95 percent of pancreatic cancers begin in the exocrine cells of the pancreas.
- Exocrine Tumors: Most tumors affecting the exocrine gland are called adenocarcinomas. This type of cancer forms in the pancreas ducts. Treatment for these tumors is based on stage of growth.
- Endocrine Tumors: These tumors are less common and are most often benign. Though rare, cancer stemming from an endocrine tumor (e.g., islet cell tumors) affects the hormone-producing cells.
Pancreatic Cancer Incidence
Pancreatic cancer is the ninth- or tenth-most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. During 2010, an estimated 43,140 people were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States, according to National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
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