Watch Massive Bio and our expert nurses and patient advocates for the second episode of our new webinar series: Oncology Nurse Hour. For this new, live, series, we take questions directly from the community and discuss all you could want to know about different cancer types, ending each session with a live Q&A.
In this episode, we discussed pancreatic cancer with expert oncology nurse Kristin Johnston.
Pancreatic cancer starts when cells in the pancreas begin to grow out of control. The cells then cause tumors that lead to various health issues. There are two types of cells in the pancreas – exocrine and endocrine cells. Exocrine cells make up most of the pancreas and form exocrine glands and ducts. Glands make enzymes that help to digest food and ducts carry enzymes through pancreas to intestines. Endocrine cells make up a much smaller percentage of cells in the pancreas but make important hormones like insulin and glucagon (which help control blood sugar levels) and release them directly into the blood. Most pancreatic cancers are exocrine cell cancers, but there are also endocrine cell cancers.
Watch the webinar to learn more about causes, treatments, new therapies, and more!