The pancreas is a gland that lies deep in the abdomen behind the stomach, near the intestines, and in front of the spine. It is responsible for producing juices that help digest food and for making hormones such as insulin (which regulates blood sugar levels). Pancreatic cancer (cancer of the pancreas) is a serious disease and is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. The September 8, 2010, issue of JAMA includes an article about treatment of pancreatic cancer. This Patient Page is based on one previously published in the January 17, 2007, issue of JAMA.