What is pancreatic cancer?

Find out more about the pancreas and pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer develops when cells in the pancreas grow out of control, forming a lump. You might hear this called a tumour, lesion or mass.

There are different types of pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma is the most common type. Neuroendocrine cancers are less common – they behave differently and are treated differently. You may hear these called pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours or NETs.

Our specialist nurse, Lisa, explains what the pancreas does and what pancreatic cancer is. This video has information about symptoms of pancreatic cancer, and how to get support.

Read our fact sheet about the pancreas and pancreatic cancer

To read more about the pancreas, what it does and what pancreatic cancer is, download our fact sheet, What is pancreatic cancer?

Download the fact sheet
PCUK factsheet

Questions about pancreatic cancer?

If you have any questions about your cancer, speak to your medical team.

You can also speak to our specialist nurses on our Support Line.

Pancreatic Cancer Nurse Jeni Jones

Published November 2022

To be reviewed November 2025