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Adenoid cystic carcinoma


Other Names for this Disease

  • Adenocystic carcinoma
  • Cribriform carcinoma
  • Cylindroma
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Overview

Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) is a rare form of adenocarcinoma, which is cancer that begins in gladular tissues. ACC most commonly arises in the head and neck, in various parts of the major and minor salivary glands including the palate, nasopharynx, lining of the mouth, voice box (larynx) or windpipe (trachea).[1] It can also occur in the breast, uterus, or other locations in the body.[1][2] Early symptoms depend on the tumor's location and may include lumps under the lining of the mouth or facial skin; numbness in the mouth or face; difficulty swallowing; hoarseness; pain; or paralysis of a facial nerve. ACC often has long periods with no growth followed by growth spurts; however, it can be aggressive in some people. ACC spreads along nerves or through the bloodstream, and only spreads to the lymph nodes in about 5-10% of cases. The cause of ACC is currently unknown. Treatment depends on many factors and may include surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy.[1]
Last updated: 12/10/2014

References

  1. Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma. Cancer.Net (American Society of Clinical Oncology). October, 2014; http://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/adenoid-cystic-carcinoma/overview. Accessed 12/10/2014.
  2. Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma. Oral Cancer Foundation. March, 2014; http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/rare/ac/. Accessed 12/10/2014.
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  • The Oral Cancer Foundation provides information about adenoid cystic carcinoma. Visit the above link to access this information.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Adenocystic carcinoma
  • Cribriform carcinoma
  • Cylindroma
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.