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Our team of experienced cancer specialists will determine if you are a good candidate for surgery or if you should pursue alternative treatments.
Cancer of the pancreas is a disease that is difficult to detect and treat, and it also may be challenging to understand at times. At the UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health Pancreatic Cancer Center we offer you every advantage available using the most advanced diagnostics, treatments, and research to help you understand your disease, its treatment, and your outlook.
We understand how difficult the journey through cancer may be. Our goal is to support you with a team of knowledgeable, compassionate physicians and staff focused on helping you overcome this disease and providing you hope.
What is Pancreatic Cancer?
Pancreatic cancer forms in the tissues of the pancreas. The pancreas has two different functions:
- It makes enzymes that help digest food in the small intestine
- It makes hormones, such as insulin, that are secreted into the bloodstream
Most pancreatic cancers arise from cells that make enzymes and are called adenocarcinomas. The risk of pancreatic cancer rises with age, and most patients are diagnosed between the ages of 60 and 80.