Pediatric Pancreatic Tumors

Pediatric Pancreatic Tumors

Dallas

214-456-6040
Fax: 214-456-6320
Suite F5200

Plano

469-303-4200
Fax: 469-303-4225
Suite P1100

Park Cities

469-488-7000
Fax: 469-488-7001
Suite 106

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What are Pediatric Pancreatic Tumors?

Tumors develop and behave differently in children and adults, and cancer is rare in children and adolescents. Tumors arising in the pancreas are extremely rare in children. You will most likely need to consult a specialist.

What are the different types of Pediatric Pancreatic Tumors?

Adenocarcinomas

Acinic cell carcinomas

Gastrinomas

Glucagonomas

Liposarcomas

Lymphomas

Malignant insulinomas

Neuroendocrine (islet cell) tumors

Papillary-cystic carcinomas

Pancreatoblastomas

Squamous cell carcinomas

How are Pediatric Pancreatic Tumors diagnosed?

Malignant pancreatic tumors, particularly the more common carcinomas, seldom secrete hormones. If the tumor releases insulin, it can cause the child to show symptoms such as weakness, fatigue and hypoglycemia. Carcinomas and pancreatoblastomas can cause an abdominal mass, pain and signs of wasting. A child might have elevated alpha-fetoprotein levels.

Most diagnoses are made by biopsy and samples are obtained using laparotomy or a minimally invasive surgery, such as laparoscopy. Diagnosing and treating pancreatic tumors can be complicated by the organ’s location in the abdomen. 

How are Pediatric Pancreatic Tumors treated?

Our team includes advanced practice nurses, psychosocial staff and child life specialists to support patients diagnosed with pancreatic tumors and assist their families. 

Surgery

Surgery to resect the tumor usually involves removal of the pancreas and duodenum or a portion of the pancreas. Complete tumor resection is key to a child’s long-term survival.

Postoperative chemotherapy

Postoperative chemotherapy may be used for localized or metastatic carcinoma of the pancreas.

Radiation Therapy

The effectiveness of radiation therapy for children with pancreatic tumors is unknown.

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