Types of Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancers are classified according to the type of pancreas cell in which the cancer began.

Exocrine cells in the pancreas produce enzymes to digest the food you eat. Most pancreas cancers — 90% of them — arise from the exocrine cells located in the ducts of the pancreas. These pancreas cancer types include:

Endocrine cells produce hormones that regulate blood sugar (such as insulin). Cancer that begins in the exocrine cells are called neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer or islet cell cancer. These pancreatic cancer types include:

Other pancreatic disease

Roswell Park’s pancreas experts also manage pre-cancerous and non-malignant pancreas conditions. Expert diagnosis and treatment of these conditions is essential to prevent potential cancer and avoid unnecessary surgery. These conditions include:

Pancreatic Staging