Pancreatic cancer occurs when cells in the pancreas start to grow out of control. These out of control cancer cells then have the capacity to expand to nearby lymph nodes and organs.
The pancreas is an oval organ that rests deep in the abdomen and is an essential part of both the digestive and endocrine systems. It discharges hormones to control the body and digestive proteins to break down food.
Pancreatic cancer is normally controllable only by removal by surgery and only if detected before it has grown, according to the National Cancer Institute. Palliative care can help a patient’s quality of life if the disease has spread.