Pancreas Conditions

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). Prognosis and treatment varies significantly depending on the type and stage of the cancer, as well as the part of the organ in which it occurs. In addition, there are a number of cancers that are not within the pancreas itself, but are close enough in proximity that their treatment directly affects the pancreas.

Ampullary Tumors

Ampullary tumors occur at the valve-like opening where the bile and pancreas ducts meet and empty into the small intestine (called the ampulla of Vater). Learn more >>

Distal Bile Duct Tumors

Bile duct cancer, also called cholangiocarcinoma, is a relatively rare but fast-moving and lethal form of cancer. There are only about 5,000 new cases of cholangiocarcinoma each a year, and it is a difficult cancer to cure. Learn more >>

Duodenal Tumors

The upper part of the small intestine is called the duodenum. Duodenal tumors that occur near where the bile and pancreatic ducts empty into the small intestine sometimes require surgical resection. Learn more >>

Exocrine Cancer

Adenocarcinomas are the most common type of exocrine tumor, accounting for about 95% of cases. Most adenocarcinomas begin in the hollow passageways (ducts) that connect the pancreas to the duodenum (upper part of the small intestine). Learn more >>

Neuroendocrine Tumors

Pancreatic NETs are less commonly encountered than exocrine tumors, although their incidence is thought to be on the rise. Unlike most exocrine tumors, NETs can produce hormones (chemicals) that exert effects on other parts of the body via the blood stream. Learn more >>

Pancreas Treatments