Pathology of cancer of the pancreas

Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 1998 Jan;7(1):43-65.


Although many have lumped nearly 20 different neoplasms under the umbrella term "cancer of the pancreas," each of these neoplasms is pathologically and clinically distinct. In addition, each may require a specific treatment and result in a different outcome. Understanding the pathology of pancreas cancer, therefore, forms the cornerstone for rational treatment and prognostication. This article describes the pathology of a number of primary, metastatic, and systemic cancers that can involve the pancreas. The clinical relevance of each gross and histologic tumor feature is emphasized.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Histocytochemistry
  • Humans
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / chemistry
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / ultrastructure