Pancreatic Cancer

This information is useful for adults and older adults
An elderly gentlemen looks out a window, who may be worried about pancreatic cancer.

Approximately 57,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year. Pancreatic cancer begins in the cells of the pancreas, a small pear-shaped organ that lies behind the stomach. The pancreas produces hormones such as insulin and enzymes that aid digestion. In pancreatic cancer, some cells start growing out of control, forming a tumor, which can affect the organ’s functions and, if untreated, can spread throughout the body.

Yale Medicine is committed to detecting pancreatic cancer early and using state-of-the-art technology to treat the condition.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.