Pancreatic Cancer Essay

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Pancreatic cancer may arise from the exocrine or the endocrine cells of the pancreas and disrupt any of their functions.
Pancreatic cancer can be divided into two general groups. About 99% of pancreatic tumors arise from the exocrine component of pancreas affecting digestive enzymes. The small minority of cancers that arise in the hormone-producing (endocrine) tissue of the pancreas have different clinical characteristics. The two pathological groups affect mainly men and occurs after the age of 40, but some rare sub-types mainly occur in women or children (Harris., 2013).
 Exocrine cancers
This type of cancer originates in the ducts secreting enzymes and bicarbonate. This exocrine acinar cells repreasents less than10% of the pancreatic cell …show more content…

This type of exocrine tumor lead to over production digestive enzymes, which may cause symptoms such as skin rashes and joint pain (Tobias et al., 2010).
Ther are many less common pathological types. These types including cystadenocarcinomas, pancreatoblastoma ,adenosquamous carcinomas, signet ring cell carcinomas, hepatoid carcinomas, colloid carcinomas, undifferentiated carcinomas, and undifferentiated carcinomas with osteoclast-like giant cells which account for 1% of pancreatic cancers, and they have a better prognosis than the other exocrine types (Tobias et al., 2010).
Pancreatoblastoma is a rare form, mostly occurring in childhood, and with a relatively good prognosis. Solid pseudopapillary tumor is a rare low-grade neoplasm that mainly affects younger women, and generally has a very good prognosis) (The Sol Goldman Pancreas Cancer Research Center, 2012)
Pancreatic mucinous cystic neoplasms are a broad group of pancreas tumors that have varying malignant potential. They are being detected at a greatly increased rate as CT scans become more powerful and common, and discussion continues as how best to assess and treat them, given that many are

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