Pancreatic Cancer


The Disease

Pancreatic cancer is the sixth most frequently occurring cancer in Europe.1 In 2002, there were more than 78,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer diagnosed in Europe, with a death rate of approximately 82,000 people per year. 2 Pancreatic cancer is difficult to treat as it is often resistant to chemotherapy and radiotherapy and tends to spread quickly to other parts of the body, leading to a short life expectancy.


1) Michaud DS. 2004. Epidemiology of pancreatic cancer Minerva Chir. Apr; 59(2):99-111

2)  Ferlay J et al. GLOBOCAN 2002: Cancer Incidence, Mortality and Prevalence Worldwide. IARC CancerBase No. 5, Version 2.0, Lyon; IARC Press 2004