Publication date: March 2011 Review date: Under review
The pancreas is a gland that has two functions: to produce digestive enzymes that break down food, and to produce hormones, such as insulin, which regulate the level of sugar in the blood. When a cancer develops in the pancreas it interferes with these normal functions. We interviewed 32 people about their experiences of having pancreatic cancer, and 8 people who had cared for a relative who died from it. Select from the key topics below, choose from the full list of topics on the left, or explore all the interviews (see ‘People’s Stories’ below).