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  1. Cellular Classification of Pancreatic Cancer

    Pancreatic cancer includes the following carcinomas:MalignantDuct cell carcinoma (90% of all cases).Acinar cell carcinoma.Adenosquamous carcinoma.Cystadenocarcinoma (serous and mucinous types).Giant cell carcinoma.Invasive adenocarcinoma associated with cystic mucinous neoplasm or intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm.Mixed type (ductal-endocrine or acinar-endocrine).Mucinous carcinoma.Pancreatoblastoma.Papillary-cystic neoplasm (Frantz tumor). This tumor has lower malignant potential and may be cured with surgery alone.[1,2]Papillary mucinous carcinoma.Signet ring carcinoma.Small cell carcinoma.Unclassified.Undifferentiated carcinoma.Borderline Malignancies Intraductal papillary mucinous tumor with dysplasia.[3]Mucinous cystic tumor with dysplasia.Pseudopapillary solid tumor.References: Sanchez JA, Newman KD, Eichelberger MR, et al.: The papillary-cystic neoplasm of the pancreas. An increasingly recognized clinicopathologic entity. Arch Surg 125 (11): 1502-5, 1990. Warshaw AL,

  2. General Information About Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors (Islet Cell Tumors)

    Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors form in hormone-making cells (islet cells) of the pancreas.The pancreas is a gland about 6 inches long that is shaped like a thin pear lying on its side. The wider end of the pancreas is called the head, the middle section is called the body, and the narrow end is called the tail. The pancreas lies behind the stomach and in front of the spine. Anatomy of the pancreas. The pancreas has three areas: head, body, and tail. It is found in the abdomen near the stomach, intestines, and other organs. There are two kinds of cells in the pancreas:Endocrine pancreas cells make several kinds of hormones (chemicals that control the actions of certain cells or organs in the body), such as insulin to control blood sugar. They cluster together in many small groups (islets) throughout the pancreas. Endocrine pancreas cells are also called islet cells or islets of Langerhans. Exocrine pancreas cells make enzymes that are released into the small intestine to help the

  3. Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors (NETs)

    Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, or NETs, may or may not be cancer. Treatment for these rare tumors depends on what kind they are and how far they have spread.

  4. Pancreatic Cancer Treatments by Stage

    WebMD looks into both routinely used and emerging treatments for pancreatic cancer.

  5. Pancreatic Cancer Diet and Prevention

    WebMD looks at ways you can improve your health and decrease your risk of getting pancreatic cancer. Learn about lifestyle changes and more.

  6. Understanding Pancreatic Cancer -- Diagnosis and Treatment

    Learn about the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer.

  7. Understanding Pancreatic Cancer -- Symptoms

    A look at the symptoms of pancreatic cancer from the experts at WebMD.

  8. Understanding Pancreatic Cancer -- the Basics

    Get the basic facts about pancreatic cancer.

  9. Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis and Early Detection

    WebMD explains how pancreatic cancer is diagnosed and if there is a way to detect it early.

  10. Pancreatic Cancer Causes and Risk Factors

    Are you at risk for pancreatic cancer? Learn more from the experts at WebMD.

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