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Are insulinomas malignant?

Insulinomas are malignant in less than 10% of patients. The prognosis for patients with malignant insulinoma is far better than for patients with the more common exocrine pancreatic cancer. Not only does the tumor secrete insulin, so do any sites of spread of the cancer. An aggressive surgical approach to the tumor and the metastases (spread of cancer in other parts of the body; with insulinoma typically to the liver and lymph nodes) is usually recommended. Chemotherapy and other specialized forms of treatment may be necessary for these patients.

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