Pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer is a malignant neoplasm of the pancreas. About 95% of exocrine pancreatic cancers are adenocarcinomas.

The remaining 5% include adenosquamous carcinomas, signet ring cell carcinomas, hepatoid carcinomas, colloid carcinomas, undifferentiated carcinomas, and undifferentiated carcinomas with osteoclast-like giant cells. Exocrine pancreatic tumors are far more common than pancreatic endocrine tumors, which make up about 1% of total cases.

Imaging studies, such as computed tomography (CT scan) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) can be used to identify the location and form of the cancer.

Axial CT image with i.v. contrast. Macrocystic adenocarcinoma of the pancreatic head.


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