Pancreatic cancer is the cancer of the pancreas. The pancreas is an organ is between the stomach, liver and intestine in your abdomen.
Digestive enzymes are released by the pancreas into the small intestine to aid the digestion of food. Hormones, insulin and glucagon are also released by the pancreas into the bloodstream. Pancreatic cancer is difficult to diagnose and is usually discovered only in the later stages. The most common type is pancreatic adenocarcinoma.
Exocrine Pancreatic Cancer
The most common type of exocrine pancreatic cancers is pancreatic adenocarcinoma while the rarer ones include, adenosquamous, squamous, giant, acinar and small cell carcinoma.
Endocrine Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors or islet cell tumors are less common forms of pancreatic cancer.
A biopsy is done on any suspicious tumours or growths in the pancreas for signs of cancer.
A complete blood count blood test will be done to check for white blood cell increase which could be a sign of cancer.