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What are the types of pancreatic cancer?

The most common type of pancreatic cancer, accounting for 95 percent of diagnosed cases, is adenocarcinoma. This is a type of cancer in which the tumor forms in the part of the pancreas that makes substances involved in digestion. Adenocarcinomas are often found in the head of the pancreas.

A small number of pancreatic cancer cases involve cancer of the endocrine cells in the pancreas. Endocrine cells produce hormones used by the body, such as insulin. Cancer involving these cells is known as islet cell tumors, or pancreatic endocrine tumors. Chances of recovery are greater for cancer involving the endocrine cells in the pancreas.

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