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.