Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer arises when malignant cells in the pancreas, a glandular organ behind the stomach, begin to multiply and form a mass. Most pancreatic cancers are exocrine cancers. Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), or islet cell tumors, are less common but tend to have a better prognosis. Currently, Pancreatic Cancer is the 4th leading cause of death by Cancer in Europe and has the lowest survival rate of all cancers. Get informed and help us reverse the trend!

The European Cancer Patient Coalition together with the network of pancreatic cancer patient organisations, also drafted a Pancreatic Cancer Booklet for patients. 

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Please write to iThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inform us about yourdissemination activities in your respective countries. You can also translate the materials in your native language and ECPC would be happy to advice you on the process. 


Pancreatic Cancer Europe have also elaborated several materials related to pancreatic cancer. If you have pancreatic cancer or are close to someone who does, knowing what to expect can help you cope. Here you can find out all about it:

        • 10 key facts – informing the public about the basics of pancreatic cancer;
        • 10 warning signs of pancreatic cancer” – informing about the low lying symptoms to watch out for;
        • Think PC” – directed at healthcare professionals and in particular at GPs to watch out for combinations of symptoms that could indicate pancreatic cancer. 
        • ''National Support Advocacy Guide'' - designed to help Platform members extend the Platform’s action within their domestic context and achieve their national objectives


Pancreatic cancer patient groups in your own country are a great resource of information and support. Even if there is not a group in your country that specialises in pancreatic cancer, there will be other cancer support organisations that either specialise in cancers of other areas of the gastrointestinal tract (such as colorectal cancer), who will likely also welcome patients with pancreatic cancer, or general cancer organisations that welcome patients with any type of cancer.


In addition you may want to consider contacting a European organisation — such as EuropaColon or the European Cancer Patient Coalition — who will be able to help you in terms of finding a relevant national organisation, and may also be a good resource of information and support. Should you want to set up a national pancreatic cancer organisation in your country, they will also be a great source of advice and support.

* ECPC believes that whereas the core document provides important information, it needs to be revised and updated based on current statistics and following the recent developments with regards to research on pancreatic cancer. *