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What are endocrine pancreatic cancers?

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Some cells in your pancreas make hormones that are released directly into your bloodstream (endocrine system). Cancerous tumors that start in these cells are called pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors or islet cell tumors.

Endocrine pancreatic cancers are rare. They're named according to the type of hormone they produce:

�Insulinomas (from an insulin-producing cell)

�Glucagonomas (from a glucagon-producing cell)

�Somatostatinomas (from a somatostatin-making cell)

�Gastrinomas (from a gastrin-producing cell)

�VIPomas (from vasoactive intestinal peptide-making cell)

�Some pancreatic islet cell tumors do not secrete hormones and are known as non-secreting islet tumors of the pancreas.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society web site: "Detailed Guide: Pancreatic Cancer."

National Cancer Institute web site: "Pancreatic Cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 10, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society web site: "Detailed Guide: Pancreatic Cancer."

National Cancer Institute web site: "Pancreatic Cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 10, 2019

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