What is pancreatic cancer?


The pancreas is basically an organ which is located in upper part of an abdomen beneath the stomach and also next to a duodenum, a first portion of our small intestine. This gland is responsible for secreting a large number of different enzymes, which perform several vital functions in a body.

These glandular functions are divided into two categories: Exocrine glands generally secrete enzymes in the ducts which finally empty into the small intestine’s first part duodenum. This part basically helps in the digestion of food as it moves through it. Endocrine glands generally secrete hormones as well as insulin in the blood. Insulin helps in the metabolism of sugar in different parts of a body. Pancreas is actually divided into four major anatomical sections as head, uncinate process, body and tail.


Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasia (IPMN) is that type of pancreatic cancer that is recognized most frequently and has an even better prognosis in comparison to other types of cancer.Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasia is that type of pancreatic cancer ,which is diagnosed endoscopically.

Most common types of pancreatic cancers generally develop from exocrine glands and thus are called adenocarcinoma while pancreatic cancers due to endocrine glands are different and are called pancreatic neuroendocrine carcinoma or may also call an islet cell tumor.

Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is most aggressive among all cancer types. At the time this cancer is diagnosed; patients have the disease which has already spread to other parts of the body. Pancreatic cancer is generally resistant to all sort of medical treatments and the only possible treatment referred by doctors is surgery. The male to a female ratio of a pancreatic cancer is 1.3.1.

What are the causes of pancreatic cancer?

The identified risk factors for a pancreatic cancer include; smoking, advanced age, male sex, chronic pancreatitis (Inflammation of the pancreas from excess alcohol intake or any gallstones), diabetes mellitus and family history of a pancreatic cancer.

What are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

The symptoms of pancreatic cancer include: pain in back, abdomen or both, weight loss, anorexia, diarrhea, diabetes, bloating and jaundice. The symptoms of pancreatic cancer can be attributed to less serious and common conditions.


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  1. As you all know that pancreas is an endocrine gland producing several important hormones, including insulin, glucagon, and somatostatin as well as an exocrine gland.So by getting into the blog i came to know the causes and symptoms of pancreatic cancer.Thanks for sharing such a great information with us.

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