Pancreatic Cancer Treatment
Facts on Pancreatic Cancer Treatment
What Is Pancreatic Cancer?
Pancreatic cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the
tissues of the pancreas.
pancreas is a
gland about 6 inches long that is shaped like a thin pear lying on its side.
The wider end of the pancreas is called the head, the middle section is called
the body, and the narrow end is called the tail. The pancreas lies between the
stomach and the
The pancreas has two main jobs in the body:
- To make
juices that help
digest (break down) food.
- To make
hormones, such as
glucagon, that help control
blood sugar levels. Both of these hormones help the body use and store the
energy it gets from food.
The digestive juices are made by exocrine pancreas cells and the hormones are made by endocrine pancreas cells. About 95% of pancreatic cancers begin in exocrine cells.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/28/2017
Must Read Articles Related to Pancreatic Cancer Treatment
Chemotherapy or "chemo" is a treatment for cancer. Depending on the type of cancer an individual has, it can cure cancer, control cancer. or ease cancer symptom...learn more >>
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive cancers, one of the most non-responsive to treatment, and one of the hardest to diagnose; in one recent year, 84...learn more >>