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Pancreatic cancer: What is it?
The pancreas is a gland that extends across the abdomen and contains three types of cells.
Pancreatic cancer occurs when these cells grow out of control.
Pancreatic carcinoma is cancer of the pancreas.
Both types of cells can form tumors in the pancreas.
Source: American Cancer Society, All About Pancreatic Cancer; Virginia Piper Cancer Institute
Reviewed by: Timothy Sielaff, MD, PhD, FACS, medical director, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute
First Published: 09/17/2009
Last Reviewed: 08/26/2009