Mucoepidermoid carcinoma

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Mucoepidermoid carcinoma

Mucoepidermoid carcinoma is a type of cancer that usually develops in areas of the body where saliva is produced. Mucoepidermoid carcinoma is the most common cancer of the salivary glands. The largest saliva-producing gland and the most common location where this cancer develops is called the parotid gland. The parotid gland is found on either side of the face, just in front of the ears. Mucoepidermoid carcinoma can also develop in the submandibular glands, which are located under the jawbone, the sublingual glands, which are located under the tongue, or in the lungs. Cancers form when a 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.

Mucoepidermoid carcinoma is most commonly found in adults between the ages of 40 and 60, although it can appear in all age groups. The most common symptoms of mucoepidermoid carcinoma include weakness of the muscles of the face, facial numbness, and the presence of a swelling or lump near the neck, mouth, or cheeks. Depending on the size of the tumor, individuals may experience difficulty swallowing and opening the mouth. Diagnosis may involve a physical exam, imaging studies, and other laboratory studies.

Treatment for mucoepidermoid 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 mucoepidermoid 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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The terms "Mucoepidermoid carcinoma" returned 166 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Lung: Report of 29 Cases].
 

Author(s): Jingjing Hou, Huijuan Wang, Guowei Zhang, Yanyang Huang, Zhiyong Ma

Journal: Zhongguo Fei Ai Za Zhi. 2017 Mar;20(3):168-174.

 

Pulmonary mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) is an extremely rare pulmonary malignant tumor, its clinical features and conditions of prognosis is not entirely clear. The aim of this study is to discuss clinical features, diagnostic and therapeutic methods, and prognosis of pulmonary MEC.

Last Updated: 17 Mar 2017

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Primary mucoepidermoid carcinoma at the carina of trachea presenting with wheezing in an asthmatic child mimicking an attack of asthma: A case report.
 

Author(s): Chien-Heng Lin, Yu-Hua Chao, Kang-Hsi Wu, Wei-Ching Lin

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Nov;95(44):e5292.

 

Asthma is a very common disease, but primary tracheal tumors are extremely rare in children. Wheezing is not pathognomonic, but is the typical presentation of asthma and could also be found in patients with tracheal tumors.

Last Updated: 18 Nov 2016

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Comparison of histological grading methods in mucoepidermoid carcinoma of minor salivary glands.
 

Author(s): Ahmed Qannam, Ibrahim O Bello

Journal: Indian J Pathol Microbiol. ;59(4):457-462.

 

Mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) is the most common salivary gland malignancy and its grading is greatly consequential in the management and prognosis of patients with the disease.

Last Updated: 10 Oct 2016

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The terms "Mucoepidermoid carcinoma" returned 13 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Mucoepidermoid carcinoma in a mature cystic teratoma: A rare case report with review of literature.
 

Author(s): Yasmin Altaf Momin, Medha Pradip Kulkarni, Amitkumar Bapuso Pandav, Kalpana Ranjitsingh Sulhyan

Journal: Indian J Pathol Microbiol. ;60(1):117-118.

 

Mature cystic teratoma, also known as dermoid cyst, is the most common germ cell tumor of the ovary with a relative incidence of 20%. Rarely, dermoid cysts undergo malignant transformation (0.94%-2%). We report a case of mucoepidermoid carcinoma within a mature cystic teratoma in ...

Last Updated: 14 Feb 2017

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Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of esophagus combined with squamous carcinoma of lung: A case report and literature review.
 

Author(s): Chaoxing Liu, Yahong Zhao, Weiwei Chu, Futong Zhang, Zhenping Zhang

Journal: J Cancer Res Ther. ;11(3):658.

 

Mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) is typically located in the salivary, lacrimal, and tracheobronchial glands and rarely presents in the esophagus. MEC is commonly characterized by squamous cells, mucus-secreting cells, and intermediate cells. This report presents the case of a 57-years-old ...

Last Updated: 13 Oct 2015

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Primary Intraosseous Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Maxilla.
 

Author(s): S M Nallamilli, R Tatapudi, R S Reddy, M Ravikanth, N Rajesh

Journal: Ghana Med J. 2015 Jun;49(2):120-3.

 

Primary intraosseous mucoepidermoid carcinoma (PIOC) is an infrequent malignancy of the head and neck that exhibits diverse biological behavior. The rareness of the location for a salivary gland tumor and the clinical and radiographic manifestations, suggestive of an odontogenic lesion ...

Last Updated: 4 Sep 2015

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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: 3 Apr 2017

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Intensity-Modulated or Proton Radiation Therapy for Sinonasal Malignancy
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma; Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Sinonasal Carcinoma; Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma; Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma; Schneiderian Carcinoma; Myoepithelial Carcinoma; Esthesioneuroblastoma; Melanoma

 

Last Updated: 26 Jan 2017

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18F FPPRGD2 PET/CT or PET/MRI in Predicting Early Response in Patients With Cancer Receiving Anti-Angiogenesis Therapy
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Adult Giant Cell Glioblastoma; Adult Glioblastoma; Adult Gliosarcoma; Male Breast Cancer; Metastatic Squamous Neck Cancer With Occult Primary Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Recurrent Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Recurrent Adult Brain Tumor; Recurrent Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Lip; Recurrent Breast Cancer; Recurrent Colon Cancer; Recurrent Esthesioneuroblastoma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Recurrent Hypopharyngeal Cancer; Recurrent Inverted Papilloma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Recurrent Laryngeal Cancer; Recurrent Lip and Oral Cavity Cancer; Recurrent Lymphoepithelioma of the Nasopharynx; Recurrent Lymphoepithelioma of the Oropharynx; Recurrent Metastatic Squamous Neck Cancer With Occult Primary; Recurrent Midline Lethal Granuloma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Recurrent Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Recurrent Nasopharyngeal Cancer; Recurrent Non-small Cell Lung Cancer; Recurrent Oropharyngeal Cancer; Recurrent Pancreatic Cancer; Recurrent Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity Cancer; Recurrent Rectal Cancer; Recurrent Renal Cell Cancer; Recurrent Salivary Gland Cancer; Stage IIIA Breast Cancer; Stage IIIA Non-small Cell Lung Cancer; Stage IIIB Breast Cancer; Stage IIIB Non-small Cell Lung Cancer; Stage IIIC Breast Cancer; Stage IV Breast Cancer; Stage IV Non-small Cell Lung Cancer; Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer; Stage IV Renal Cell Cancer; Stage IVA Colon Cancer; Stage IVA Rectal Cancer; Stage IVA Salivary Gland Cancer; Stage IVB Colon Cancer; Stage IVB Salivary Gland Cancer; Stage IVC Salivary Gland Cancer; Tongue Cancer; Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific

 

Last Updated: 12 Mar 2017

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