Unlike heart, liver and lung transplants, pancreas transplants are not necessarily performed to save a life, but to improve the quality of life. A pancreas transplant is an alternative to treatments such as insulin and dialysis. Even though a pancreas transplant may seem like a quick and simple way to "cure" diabetes, it is not. The evaluation and waiting list time can vary from 1-3 years. The immunosuppressant drugs require a lifetime commitment.