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Cancer can occur in any part of the pancreas, but up to 8 out of 10 (80%) start in the head of the pancreas.
There are several different types of pancreatic cancer. The most common type is ductal adenocarcinoma, which starts from cells in the lining of the pancreatic ducts.
Other rare tumours of the pancreas include:
The treatments for cancerous cystic tumours and acinar cell carcinomas are similar to treatments for adenocarcinoma|. But the tests and treatments for neuroendocrine tumours and lymphoma of the pancreas may be very different.
Our cancer support specialists| can give you more information about the different types of pancreatic cancer.
Content last reviewed: 1 December 2010
Next planned review: 2013
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