Adenoid cystic carcinoma
Other Names for this Disease
- Adenocystic carcinoma
- Cribriform carcinoma
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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). It can also occur in the breast, uterus, or other locations in the body. 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.Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) is a rare form of
Last updated: 12/10/2014
- 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.
- Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma. Oral Cancer Foundation. March, 2014; http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/rare/ac/. Accessed 12/10/2014.
- The Oral Cancer Foundation provides information about adenoid cystic carcinoma. Visit the above link to access this information.
- Cancer.Net, a resource from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, provides information about adenoid cystic carcinoma. Click on the above link to access this information.
- The National Cancer Institute provides the most current information on cancer for patients, health professionals, and the general public.
- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) has a report for patients and families about this condition. NORD is a patient advocacy organization for individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them.
- The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Adenoid cystic carcinoma. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.