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The pancreas is the organ responsible for making certain hormones and aiding in digestion. Pancreatic cancer, although rare, is cancer that starts in the pancreas.
There are two basic types of pancreatic cancer. Exocrine tumors affect the glands that make digestive enzymes. This is the most common type of pancreatic cancer. Endocrine tumors affect pancreatic islets cells, which make hormones, such as glucagon and insulin.
At Dignity Health hospitals, we offer a full range of cancer treatments, using the latest technologies and methods. To learn our comprehensive care for pancreatic cancer in the Bay Area, you can Find a Doctor at one of our four convenient locations:
Experts don’t fully understand what causes pancreatic cancer. Risk factors that increase your chances of developing pancreatic cancer include:
Because the pancreas lies deep in the abdomen, you cannot feel tumors as they grow. As a result, pancreatic cancer is hard to find in early stages. Most people don’t notice symptoms until the cancer has spread from the pancreas to other organs. When symptoms of pancreatic cancer develop, they may include:
Our cancer care team offers state-of-the-art treatment options for pancreatic cancer. Your treatment will depend on the type and stage of pancreatic cancer you are diagnosed with.
Standard treatment options include:
Pancreatic cancer is a difficult cancer to cure or eliminate — rely on Dignity Health oncologists to be committed to your care and well-being every step of the way.
Dignity Health offers diagnostic testing, treatment, and management of pancreatic cancer in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.