Cancer that initiates in pancreatic tissue is referred to as Pancreatic Cancer. Cancer is uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells.
Pancreas is an important body organ that lies behind the stomach. It serves the following role:
It helps in the digestion of food by releasing pancreatic digestive juice.
It secretes hormones like insulin and Glucagon that have a role in maintaining normal blood sugar levels.
Structurally, Pancreas has a head, body and tail. From functional point of view, it has two parts exocrine and endocrine. Exocrine cells are responsible for the secretion of pancreatic digestive juice. However, the endocrine pancreatic cells secrete hormones. Majority, nearly 95% of pancreatic cancer starts in the exocrine cells.
Pancreatic Cancer is hard to detect, especially in its initial stages and therefore difficult to treat. The different types of treatment modalities are put to use in order to treat pancreatic cancer. Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, chemoradiation and targeted therapy.
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