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What are the different types of pancreatic cancer?


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Pancreatic tumors are classified as exocrine and neuroendocrine (endocrine) tumors. Exocrine tumors account for more than 95% of all pancreatic cancers. These tumors start in the cells of the pancreas that are responsible for producing the enzymes that help in digestion. Within this category, the vast majority of tumors are adenocarcinomas. Adenocarcinoma is the most common type of pancreatic cancer and accounts for approximately 90% of all pancreatic cancers. 

Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (also called endocrine or islet cell tumors) account for less than 5% of all pancreatic tumors.  These tumors tend to grow slower and are less aggressive than exocrine tumors.


To learn about other types of pancreatic tumors, contact the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at 877.272.6226.

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