Can myoepithelial carcinoma occur on someone's back?
Yes, in addition to occurring in the salivary glands, this type of cancer can also occur in the skin or soft tissues. We have located a case report of cutaneous myoepithelial carcinoma occurring on a person's back. It is important to keep in mind that although there are often symptoms or clinical findings that are documented in case reports, they are based on the specific individuals that are studied and may differ from one affected person to another. We located additional articles on cutaneous and soft tissue myoepithelial carcinoma in which you may be interested. You can read the summaries of these articles at the following links to PubMed, a searchable database of medical literature. To obtain the full article, contact a medical/university library (or your local library for interlibrary loan), or order it online from the publisher's Web site.
What is the prognosis for myoepithelial carcinoma?
The prognosis for myoepithelial carcinoma likely depends on various factors and may be difficult to predict. One study found that among 31 malignant soft tissue myoepithelial tumors, 13 recurred in the same area (42%) and 10 metastasized (32%).
Last updated: 8/18/2009
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