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What Is the Pancreas?

What is the pancreas?

Learn more about pancreatic cancer treatment at Methodist Dallas Medical Center including the Whipple procedure and distal pancreatectomy and splenectomy When it comes to anatomy, the pancreas is not one of those organs that takes center stage. However, the small pear-shaped, spongy organ, which resides next to the stomach and intestine, does its fair share of pumping hormones and enzymes that help us digest food.

What does the pancreas do?

The pancreas has two jobs:

  1. The pancreas makes enzymes that are sent into your intestines to help break down fats and other food.
  2. The pancreas produces insulin, which controls the level of sugar in the blood. Lack of insulin causes diabetes.

The pancreas is in contact with very important veins and arteries as well as other organs. All of these have to be considered when operating on the pancreas.

Contact the Pancreatic Cancer Program at Methodist Dallas

For more information about pancreatic cancer treatment options and pancreatic cancer resources at Methodist Dallas Medical Center,
call (214) 933-6601

Methodist Dallas Medical Center is the first hospital in the nation awarded certification by The Joint Commission for pancreatic surgery and the first in Texas awarded certification for pancreatic cancer. Information contained on these pages has been gathered from independent sources and is for informational use only. It is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice and information provided by your health care provider. Any decision you make regarding your health care options should be made after consulting a qualified physician.

American Cancer Society
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
Staywell Health Library