What is A Pancreas?

The pancreas is a gland located behind the stomach and in front of the spine. The pancreas produces digestive juices and hormones that regulate blood sugar. Cells called exocrine pancreas cells produce the hormones. 

What is Pancreatic Cancer?

Pancreatic cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells form in the tissues of the pancreas. The majority of pancreatic cancers start in the exocrine cells. 

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer

  • Jaundice (Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)

  • Pain in the upper or middle abdomen and back

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • Loss of appetite

  • Fatigue

  • Depression

Pancreatic cancer risk factors

  • Smoking

  • Chronic Pancreatitis (inflammation of the Pancreas)

  • Inherited conditions

  • Familial Pancreatic Cancer syndromes

  • Long-standing diabetes

What is TGen?

Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is a Phoenix, Arizona-based non-profit organization dedicated to conducting groundbreaking research with life changing results. TGen is focused on helping patients with cancer, neurological disorders and diabetes, through cutting edge translational research (the process of rapidly moving research towards patient benefit).  TGen physicians and scientists work to unravel the genetic components of both common and rare complex diseases in adults and children.