About Pancreatic Cancer: A Shareable Guide for Patients, Family and Friends

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About Pancreatic Cancer: A Shareable Guide for Patients, Family and Friends


Pancreatic cancer is one of our most deadly cancers and is typically detected when it is more advanced. It begins when abnormal cells within the pancreas grow out of control and form a tumor. 

  • There are two types of cells in the pancreas, the exocrine cells and endocrine cells. These cells also have different functions. 
  • More than 95 percent of pancreatic cancers are classified as exocrine tumors. These tumors start in the exocrine cells that make pancreatic enzymes that help in digestion. 
  • Within the exocrine tumors category, the vast majority of tumors are adenocarcinomas.
  • A much smaller percentage of pancreatic cancers are called neuroendocrine tumors. These may be benign or malignant, and they tend to grow more slowly than exocrine tumors. 
  • It is important to have an accurate diagnosis and, because of the potential mortality of this disease, to see a pancreatic cancer specialist right away. In some cases, treatment may include abdominal surgery as well as drug therapies.
  • Research continues to advance care, and it is important to inquire about clinical trials that may offer hope for a better outcome. 


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A diagnosis to pancreatic cancer can be overwhelming for the entire family. Open discussion between family members, health professionals and patients can help ensure the best care. There are many different places to find a wide range of information on pancreatic cancer. We encourage you to join our community and to check out our brief videos to find the most up-to-date information from leading experts about support, new treatments, clinical trials, communication, financial issues and much more.

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