Adenoid cystic carcinoma

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Adenoid cystic carcinoma

Adenoid cystic carcinoma is a rare type of cancer that usually develops in the salivary glands, which are the areas of the body where saliva is produced. Although less common, adenoid cystic carcinoma can also grow inside the breasts, eyes, lungs, brain, throat, and paranasal sinuses. Cancers form when a change (mutation) in DNA causes certain cells to grow out of control, sometimes forming a lump or a tumor. Some of these cancerous cells can break off and spread to other parts of the body where they will continue to grow. This process is known as metastasis.

Adenoid cystic carcinoma most commonly occurs in adults between the ages of 40 and 60, although it can appear in all age groups. The most common symptom of adenoid cystic carcinoma is painless swelling on the face, neck, or mouth area. This cancer may also cause facial pain and nerve paralysis, which results in difficulty displaying facial expressions. Depending on the size of the cancer, affected individuals may also experience difficulty with vision or breathing. Diagnosis is usually made with a combination of a physical exam, imaging studies, blood tests, and other laboratory studies. Diagnosis may require a doctor to take a biopsy, or sample, of the tissue to look at under a microscope in order to determine if the cells are growing in an abnormal way.

Treatment for adenoid cystic carcinoma depends on many factors such as how large the cancer is and if it has spread to other areas of the body. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, talk to your doctor about the most current treatment options. Support groups are also available for more resources and information.

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Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation

The Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation (ACCRF) supports research into adenoid cystic carcinoma that will accelerate the development of improved therapies and a cure for the disease.

Last Updated: 5 May 2014

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Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation

The Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation (ACCRF) supports research into adenoid cystic carcinoma that will accelerate the development of improved therapies and a cure for the disease.

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Last Updated: 5 May 2014

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The terms "Adenoid cystic carcinoma" returned 331 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Influence of gossypol acetic acid on the growth of human adenoid cystic carcinoma ACC-M cells and the expression of DNA methyltransferase 1.
 

Author(s): Y Wu, Y-N Wei, W-Y Yue, W-F Chen, S Fu

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We investigated the effects of gossypol acetic acid (GAA) on the proliferation, apoptosis, and expression of DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1) mRNA in human adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC-M) cells in vitro. The proliferation and apoptosis of ACC-M cells after treatment with different ...

Last Updated: 5 Nov 2015

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Co-existing of adenoid cystic carcinoma and invasive squamous cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix: a report of 3 cases with immunohistochemical study and evaluation of human papillomavirus status.
 

Author(s): Xiaohua Shi, Shafei Wu, Zhen Huo, Qing Ling, Yufeng Luo, Zhiyong Liang

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The aim of this study was to describe the clinicopathological characteristics and high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) infection status in patients diagnosed with co-existing of adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) and invasive squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the uterine cervix.

Last Updated: 19 Aug 2015

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Adenoid cystic carcinoma of the right main bronchus showing squamous differentiation and mimicking mucoepidermoid carcinoma: a case report.
 

Author(s): Shogo Tajima, Kenji Koda

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Complete dissection of tracheobronchial adenoid cystic carcinoma (TACC) by surgery alone is sometimes difficult and has a greater propensity than tracheobronchial mucoepidermoid carcinoma (TMEC) for its surgical margin to become positive. In addition, TACC is more likely to present ...

Last Updated: 20 Jul 2015

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The terms "Adenoid cystic carcinoma" returned 39 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Primary cutaneous adenoid cystic carcinoma of the eyelid and literature review.
 

Author(s): Deniz Turgut Coban, Muhammet Kazim Erol, Dinc Suren, Birsel Tutus

Journal: Arq Bras Oftalmol. ;78(5):323-5.

 

Primary cutaneous adenoid cystic carcinoma (PCACC) is a rare malignant epithelial tumor most commonly observed in the scalp and skin of the chest and originating from the palpebral portion of the lacrimal gland in the orbit. Here we describe the diagnosis and treatment of a rare case ...

Last Updated: 15 Oct 2015

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Complete recovery of visual disorder following surgical resection of adenoid cystic carcinoma arising in the pterygopalatine fossa: case report and review of the literature.
 

Author(s): Wei Du, Meng Cui, Peng Li, Jiheng Wang, Ruihua Luo, Jinxing Qi, Ming Zhao, Weihua Lou

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2015 Jun;94(22):e892.

 

Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) arising in the pterygopalatine fossa was rare, only 3 cases have been reported. In previous literature, few authors reported whether the visual deficit could be resolved following the resection of the tumor. One patient with visual dysfunction induced ...

Last Updated: 4 Jun 2015

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Clinicopathological characteristics and perineural invasion in adenoid cystic carcinoma: a systematic review.
 

Author(s): Afonso Nóbrega Dantas, Everton Freitas de Morais, Rômulo Augusto de Paiva Macedo, João Maria de Lima Tinôco, Maria de Lourdes Silva de Arruda Morais

Journal: Braz J Otorhinolaryngol. ;81(3):329-35.

 

Adenoid cystic carcinoma is the most frequent malignant tumor of the submandibular gland and the minor salivary glands. It is a malignant neoplasm that, despite its slow growth, shows an unfavorable prognosis.

Last Updated: 26 May 2015

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Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, Erbitux, and Particle Therapy
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma

 

Last Updated: 23 Apr 2013

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Transoral Robotic Surgery in Treating Patients With Benign or Malignant Tumors of the Head and Neck
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Recurrent Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Recurrent Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Recurrent Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Recurrent Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage 0 Hypopharyngeal Cancer; Stage 0 Laryngeal Cancer; Stage 0 Lip and Oral Cavity Cancer; Stage I Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage I Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage I Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage I Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage I Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage I Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage I Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage II Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage II Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage II Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage II Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage II Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage II Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage II Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage III Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage III Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage III Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage III Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage IVA Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage IVA Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage IVA Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVA Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage IVA Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVA Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage IVB Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage IVB Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage IVB Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVB Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage IVB Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVB Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage IVC Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage IVC Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage IVC Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVC Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage IVC Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVC Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Tongue Cancer

 

Last Updated: 26 Mar 2015

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Study of Imatinib (Glivec) in Patients With Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Head and Neck
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Cancer of the Head and Neck; Carcinoma, Adenoid Cystic

 

Last Updated: 24 Sep 2007

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