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Pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer types

Every pancreatic cancer patient is different. Our cancer experts have extensive experience in properly staging and diagnosing the disease, and developing a treatment plan that's tailored to your specific type of pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer is classified into two main types: those that form in the exocrine gland and those that form in the endocrine gland. About 95 percent of pancreatic cancers begin in the exocrine (enzyme-producing) 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 a pancreatic endocrine tumor (PET) affects the hormone-producing cells. These tumors are also called islet cell tumors or neuroendocrine tumors.