Dr Matan Ben David
Dr Matan Ben David specialises in general surgery with subspecialty interests in hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery.
Dr Jason Boldery
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Pancreatic cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the pancreas.
The pancreas is a gland about 6 inches long that is shaped like a thin pear lying on its side. The wider end of the pancreas is called the head, the middle section is called the body, and the narrow end is called the tail. The pancreas lies behind the stomach and in front of the spine.
The pancreas has two main jobs in the body:
Exocrine pancreas cells produce the digestive juices and endocrine pancreas cells produce the hormones. About 95% of pancreatic cancers begin in exocrine cells.
The symptoms of pancreatic cancer are often vague and can appear similar to those caused by other conditions. This means that pancreatic cancer is difficult to detect and diagnose. Some of the common symptoms may include: