Pancreatic cancer is a disease in which malignant cancer cells form in the tissues of the pancreas the 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. Read about pancreatic cancer new types causes treatment prognosis life expectancy stages drugs and diagnosis learn about pancreatic cancer survival rates pancreatic cancer symptoms and signs often do not manifest until the cancer has metastasized. The stages of pancreatic cancer are used to guide treatment and to classify patients for clinical trials the stages of pancreatic cancer are stage 0 no spread pancreatic cancer is limited to top layers of cells in the ducts of the pancreas the pancreatic cancer is not visible on imaging tests or even to the naked. Pancreatic cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage because it tends not to show symptoms early on stage 4 pancreatic cancer means the cancer has spread to other organs typically the liver or the lungs you cant cure the cancer at this point but you still have treatment options. This type of cancer is called pancreatic adenocarcinoma or pancreatic exocrine cancer rarely cancer can form in the hormone producing cells or the neuroendocrine cells of the pancreas these types of cancer are called islet cell tumors pancreatic endocrine cancer and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors
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