Pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer is a rare cancer that is more common in men than women. It starts in the pancreas, which is an organ in the back of the abdomen.

Pancreatic cancers may be:

  • exocrine tumours – the most common type which involves cells that make enzymes to help with digestion
  • neuroendocrine tumours – rare cancers which involve cells that make hormones.
The Cancer Institute NSW recommends that all people with cancer have their care overseen by a multidisciplinary team (MDT).

In addition, people with pancreatic cancer may need complex treatment and should be seen at a specialist centre.

Use our Canrefer website to find multidisciplinary teams and specialist centres in NSW and ACT.

Being diagnosed with cancer can be stressful and confusing. Having the right information can help you talk to your cancer care team and be more involved in your care.