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Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma – Definition, Symptoms, and Treatment

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma – Definition, Symptoms, and Treatment


Defining Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma or ACC/AdCC is a very rare form of malignant neoplasm that occurs generally within glandular tissue/secretory glands. It may occur in the breasts, uterus, and more commonly in the upper aerodigestive tract. Most cases of ACC occur within the salivary glands. This is why ACC is often regarded as a common head and neck cancer.


Most cases of adenoid cystic carcinoma are benign although in the rare case that they become malignant there is a 5-10% chance of the cancer cells affecting nearby lymph nodes. In very rare cases bone metastasis and lung metastasis occurs. Continue reading

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