Understanding pancreatic cancer

Cancer is not a single disease with a single type of treatment. There are more than 200 different types of cancer, each with its own name and treatment. This section provides an overview of what pancreatic cancer is.

  • What is cancer?

    There are more than 200 different kinds of cancer, each with its own name and treatment.

  • The pancreas

    The pancreas is part of the digestive system. It is in the upper part of the tummy (abdomen).

  • Types of pancreatic cancer

    Pancreatic cancers can be described by where they are found in the pancreas or the type of cells they start from.

  • Symptoms of pancreatic cancer

    Pancreatic cancer may not cause symptoms for a long time. Common symptoms are pain or discomfort, jaundice and weight loss.

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What is cancer?

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What is cancer?

Watch our animation about how cancer starts in our cells.

About our cancer information videos