Pancreatic Cancer

The Stealth Killer


The pancreas is a 6-8 inch slipper shaped gland that produces hormones for organs (exocrine)it puts hormones in the bloodstream (endocrine) and it also helps produce enzymes that break down fatty cells.


There are 3 different types of pancreatic cancer, insulinoma, glucagonoma, and somatostatinoma.

  • Insulinoma-Sweating, tremors, inflammation of esophagus, epigastric pain, multiple ulcers, diarrhea

  • Glucagonoma-skin rash, inflammation of stomach, glucose intolerance, weight loss, weakness, and anemia

  • Somatostatinoma-mild diabetes, diarrhea, weight loss, gallbladder


Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer and it usually affects people within the ages of 40-70 years. 37,000 Americans are affected by pancreatic cancer every year.

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What are the treatments?

There is only one type of treatment which is surgically removing the cancer cells.


There are no known causes of pancreatic cancer but it can be hereditary in men.


  • surgery only known treatment

  • aggressive surgery improves survival rate

  • remove the pancreas and sometimes the stomach

The Role and Anatomy of the Pancreas