Pancreatic cancer is an aggressive form of cancer that develops in the tissues of the pancreas. The pancreas is located in the abdomen and aids in digestion. It produces enzymes that help the body digest food and hormones, including insulin, that help control blood sugar levels in the body.
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Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
Pancreatic cancer is a cancer of the pancreas, a small organ found behind your stomach. In pancreatic cancer, cancer cells form a tumor in the pancreas that interferes with the normal function of the organ and may spread to other parts of the body.
The pancreas is part of the digestive system, making enzymes needed for digestion. It also produces hormones that help your body use sugars.
Johns Hopkins Medicine answered
The pancreas is a gland that lies behind the stomach and produces juices to help break down food and hormones, such as insulin, that help control blood sugar levels. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly types of cancer and often is diagnosed when the disease has reached an advanced stage.
Penn Medicine answeredPancreatic cancer is cancer that develops within the pancreas, the gland about six inches long that is responsible for making hormones, including the enzymes responsible for the digestion of food and control of blood sugar. Pancreatic cancer develops when cells within the pancreas begin to grow out of control and form a pancreatic mass. It may spread, or metastasize, to nearby lymph nodes and organs such as the liver and lungs. As the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, pancreatic cancer remains one of the most deadly forms of cancer.
The pancreas is an organ that is about 6 inches long, located deep in the abdomen between your stomach and backbone. It contains 2 different types of glands some of which create and secrete enzymatic rich fluids that helps digest fats and proteins, and others which create and secrete hormones, such as insulin, to help with metabolism. Pancreatic cancer refers to the malignant transformation of these cells, abnormal cells that divide without control and are able to invade tissues via direct growth into surrounding organs, or to remote areas via the blood and lymphatic system.
Pancreatic cancer is cancer found in the tissues of the pancreas, an organ located behind the lower part of the stomach. The pancreas extends horizontally across the abdomen, with the head of the pancreas located on the right side of the abdomen, behind the place where the stomach meets the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine).
The pancreas contains two different types of glands: exocrine and endocrine. The exocrine glands produce pancreatic "juice" that is released into the intestines. This juice contains enzymes, such as trypsin, chymotrypsin, pancreatic lipase, and pancreatic amylase, which help digest fats, proteins, and carbohydrates from food. Without these enzymes, food would pass through the intestines without being absorbed. The enzymes are released into tiny tubes called ducts; the tiny ducts form larger ducts that carry the pancreatic juice to the small intestine.
Endocrine cells constitute only approximately five percent of the cells in the pancreas. They are arranged in small clusters called islets or islets of Langerhans, which release two important hormones, insulin and glucagon, directly into the blood. Insulin controls the amount of sugar in the blood, while glucagon raises blood sugar levels.
According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), cancer of the pancreas is diagnosed in more than 29,000 people in the United States each year. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), about one in 76 Americans will eventually develop pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is approximately twice as common in Europe as in the United States. This is attributed to factors such as increased smoking in European countries. Most cases occur in people over the age of 65; however, pancreatic cancer can occur in younger people, particularly those with a family history of the disease. Unfortunately, there are often no symptoms early on, making pancreatic cancer difficult to diagnose in its beginning stages.
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Technically any cancer that originates from cells within the pancreas. Generally, people refer to the most common type which is pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Other primary pancreatic tumors can occur such as pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, which come from cells similar to the insulin producing cells within the pancreas.
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital answered
Over 32,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with pancreatic cancer, most often in late-stage disease. The incidence in the US and Europe is rising for as-yet undetermined reasons, but may be linked to obesity and rising levels of environmental toxins.
The pancreas is a gland located behind the stomach and in front of the spine which produces digestive juices and hormones, including insulin and glucagon, which help control blood sugar levels. The pancreas is also crucial with helping the body store and use energy from food after it aids with digestion.
About 95% of all cases of pancreatic cancer begin in the cells that produce digestive juices, called exocrine pancreas cells. These cells are located in the head of the pancreas. Other pancreatic tumors begin in the islet or endocrine cells.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.