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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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Adenoid cystic carcinoma" returned 318 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

C3 Vertebral Metastases From Tongue Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma: A Rare Case Report.
 

Author(s): Helin Feng, Jin Wang, Peng Guo, Jianfa Xu, Jiangang Feng

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2015 Jul;94(27):e1135.

 

We report a rare case involving a patient with C3 vertebral body metastasis secondary to adenoid cystic carcinoma of the tongue.Five years after local resection of the primary tumor, magnetic resonance imaging showed a metastasis located in the left posterior border of the C3 vertebral ...

Last Updated: 13 Jul 2015

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Primary Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Peripheral Lungs.
 

Author(s): Shinji Shinohara, Takeshi Hanagiri, Masaru Takenaka, Soichi Oka, Yasuhiro Chikaishi, Hidehiko Shimokawa, Makoto Nakagawa, Hidetaka Uramoto, Tomoko So, Fumihiro Tanaka

Journal: J. UOEH. 2015 Jun;37(2):121-5.

 

We herein report a very rare case of adenoid cystic carcinoma of the peripheral lungs. A 77-year-old female visited a family physician for aortitis syndrome, diabetes mellitus and hyperlipidemia. A follow-up chest computed tomography scan for aortitis syndrome revealed a nodule in ...

Last Updated: 15 Jun 2015

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Notch-1 knockdown suppresses proliferation, migration and metastasis of salivary adenoid cystic carcinoma cells.
 

Author(s): Wei Chen, Gang Cao, Xinran Yuan, Xiang Zhang, Qingqing Zhang, Yinglan Zhu, Zhen Dong, Senlin Zhang

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Notch-1 promotes invasion and metastasis of cancer cells but its role in salivary adenoid cystic carcinoma (SACC) remains unelucidated. Here, we sought to investigate the effect of Notch-1 knockdown on the invasion and metastasis of SACC cells.

Last Updated: 27 May 2015

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The terms "Adenoid cystic carcinoma" returned 38 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

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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Breast adenoid cystic carcinoma in a 19-year-old man: a case report and review of the literature.
 

Author(s): Peng Tang, Shiping Yang, Xiaojie Zhong, Jia Yao, Yu Zhang, Huaying Dong, Guanqiao Li

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Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) of the breast is very rare in males. There have been only eight previous articles published on breast ACC in males. Here, we will report on the first case of this type of tumor in the Chinese province of Hainan. The patient was a 19-year-old male, and ...

Last Updated: 18 Apr 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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