Pancreas Disease & Conditions

The pancreas is a flat, banana-shaped organ that is located behind the stomach. Functionally, it can be regarded as two separate organs based on the chemicals each produces. The exocrine pancreas makes up the largest part of the gland and is responsible for creating enzymes that help break down foods we eat so that they can be used by the body. The endocrine pancreas is composed of groupings of cells that make up a much smaller part of the gland. These cell clusters, called islets, are responsible for producing hormones, such as insulin, that help regulate the amount of sugar in the blood.

The physicians in Emory's Comprehensive Pancreas Program are experienced in the treatment and management of all diseases of the pancreas. To learn more about some of the conditions we treat, please use the links below:

Benign Conditions of the Pancreas

Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. Pancreatitis occurs when the enzymes produced by the pancreas for use in the digestive tract become active before leaving the pancreas and begin attacking and digesting the organ itself, and ultimately other parts of the body. Learn more >>

Pancreatic Cysts

Pancreatic cysts are capsules or sacs that develop within the surrounding pancreatic tissue and contain fluid or semi-solid material. Most pancreatic cysts are benign (not cancerous), and many do not cause symptoms. Learn more >>

Malignant Pancreatic Tumors

Malignant (cancerous) tumors of the pancreas can occur in either the part of the pancreas that produces enzymes (exocrine tumors) or the part that produces hormones (endocrine tumors). Learn more >>

Pancreas Treatments