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Types of Pancreatic Cancer

Endocrine Pancreatic Cancer

Endocrine pancreatic cancer as the name is the cancer of the pancreas in the endocrine glands. The Endocrine glands make several hormones like insulin and control blood sugar. Endocrine pancreatic cancer is less common and more benign. Endocrine pancreatic cancer cells harm the hormone-producing cell. Endocrine pancreatic cancer islet cell tumor or neuroendocrine tumor. The name of endocrine pancreatic cancer is derived from the cells they originate from. The following types are as follows:

  • Insulinomas (insulin)
  • Glucagonomas (glucagon)
  • Gastrinomas (gastrin)
  • Somatostatinomas (somatostatin)
  • VIPomas (vasoactive intestinal peptide or VIP)

Nature of endocrine pancreatic cancer is less benign; hence they are less deadly.

Exocrine Pancreatic Cancer

The most common type of pancreatic cancer is endocrine pancreatic cancer. The exocrine gland makes the enzymes or fluid, which helps in digestion of the food. Exocrine glands are generally made up of ducts with small sacs in the ending of canals, which are all lined with endocrine glands. The exocrine pancreatic cancer is quite malignant. There are different kinds of exocrine pancreatic cancer and the most common one among all exocrine pancreatic cancer is pancreatic adenocarcinoma cancer, and other exocrine pancreatic cancers are

  • Adenosquamous carcinoma – it is a type of pancreatic cancer that originates in the gland cells found in the ducts of the pancreas
  • Squamous cell carcinoma – it is a kind of pancreatic cancer that originates in the pancreatic enzyme cells
  • Ampullary cancer – it originates at the junction of the bile duct, pancreatic duct, and duodenum of the small intestine
  • Giant cell carcinoma
  • Acinar cell carcinoma
  • Small cell carcinoma

Exocrine is the most common type of pancreatic cancer, and adenosquamous is the most common exocrine tumor. The adenosquamous carcinoma generally starts from the duct of the pancreatic part, called ductal adenosquamous.

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