The pancreas is a digestive gland located in the abdomen, near the stomach, liver and the part of the small intestine called the duodenum. The pancreas secretes hormones that regulate blood glucose levels, and it produces enzymes that aid indigestion.
Surgery is the only known cure for pancreatic cancer and is the standard of care. Surgery is only possible if the cancer is localized. If cancer has spread to blood vessels, distant lymph nodes, or other organs, then surgery is usually not indicated.