Aretha Franklin: What you need to know about pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer

My story for Healthline: On August 16, the world lost a legend when Aretha Franklin, the one and only “Queen of Soul,” passed away from advanced pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer at the age of 76.

What is pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer? A lot of misinformation swirls around what it is. Oftentimes, reports use the general term "pancreatic cancer" to describe all cancers of the pancreas at large, when they should be distinguishing between the more common pancreatic adenocarcinoma and pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer.

I spoke with Dr. Steven K. Libutti, FACS, the director of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Dr. Mary Mulcahy, professor of hematology and oncology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Dr. Davendra Sohal, MPH, who practices hematology and medical oncology at Cleveland Clinic.

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