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    What is pancreatic cancer?

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  • Dr Michael Swan

    Gastroenterologist

    Michael Swan is a Gastroenterologist specialising in endoscopy, pancreaticobiliary disease and gastrointestinal cancer screening. Michael trained in clinical endoscopy with leaders in the field both … View Profile

    Pancreatic cancer is cancer that involves the pancreas organ.

    The pancreas is part of the digestive or gastrointestinal system responsible for the digestion and absorption of food. It is located in the upper part of the abdomen behind the stomach and just below the diaphragm.

    Typically pancreatic cancer refers to a specific type of cancer - a form called adenocarcinoma. This is the most common type of pancreas cancer. However there are other types which are called neuroendorine tumours. The origin and prognosis of these two types of cancers are in general very different.

    Pancreatic cancer comprises approximately 2% of all cancers diagnosed in Australia.  

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