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The Destination for Pancreatic Cancer Care

Our team of specialists bring a multidisciplinary, compassionate and innovative approach to patients with pancreatic cancer. Through our partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, patients have access to the full spectrum of advanced treatment options for pancreatic cancer including complex surgical techniques, clinical trials, precision medicine, immunotherapy, and innovative radiation therapy procedures.

What is Pancreatic Cancer?

Located behind the stomach, the pancreas is an organ that aids in food digestion. When cells grow uncontrollably in the organ, it can cause pancreatic cancer.

There are two main types of pancreatic cancer: Exocrine cancer and endocrine cancer. The types refer to the two kinds of cells in the pancreas. Exocrine cancers, which are more common, are the most common type of pancreatic cancer. Nearly all exocrine cancers are adenocarcinomas. Adenosquamous carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, signet ring cell carcinomas, undifferentiated carcinomas, and undifferentiated carcinomas with giant cells, ampullary cancer (carcinoma of the ampulla of Vater), are less common types of exocrine cancers.

Endocrine cancer includes pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), or islet cell tumors. Though they are not as common as exocrine cancer, the prognosis is, for the most part, better. Varieties of pancreatic NETs include functioning NETs, most of which are gastrinomas or insulinomas.

Diagnosing Pancreatic Cancer

The following are common diagnostic tests used to detect pancreatic cancer:

  • Imaging tests, such as ultrasounds, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans, positron emission tomography (PET) scan, cholangiopancreatography, or angiography
  • Blood tests
  • Biopsy

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844-CANCERNJ or 844-226-2376.

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