MaineHealth provides services for the diagnosis and treatment of pancreas cancer. This cancer is a relatively rare, occurring in about 50,000 patients every year in the United States. Approximately 40,000 patients will die of this disease, making it the 10th most common cause of cancer death.
Evaluation by an expert multidisciplinary team can ensure patients receive optimal treatment.
What is pancreas cancer?
The pancreas is an organ about 6-9 inches long between your stomach and spine. The pancreas makes hormones (such as insulin) and digestive enzymes. The most common pancreatic cancer is adenocarcinoma. Pancreas cancer occurs when the normal cells begin to grow uncontrollably. Pancreatic cancer is aggressive, often invading adjacent organs and it spreads early.