Adenoid cystic carcinoma

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Adenoid cystic carcinoma
Classification and external resources
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Micrograph of an adenoid cystic carcinoma of a salivary gland (right of image). Normal serous glands, typical of the parotid gland, are also seen (left of image). H&E stain.
ICD-O: M8200/3
MeSH D003528

Adenoid cystic carcinoma (AdCC) is a rare type of cancer that can exist in many different body sites. It most often occurs in the areas of the head and neck, in particular the salivary glands; but has also been reported in the breast, lacrimal gland of the eye, lung, brain, bartholin gland, trachea, and the paranasal sinuses. It is sometimes referred to as adenocyst, malignant cylindroma, adenocystic, adenoidcystic, ACC, AdCC.

It is the third most common malignant salivary gland tumor overall (after mucoepidermoid carcinoma and polymorphous low grade adenocarcinoma). It represents 28% of malignant submandibular gland tumors, making it the single most common malignant salivary gland tumor in this region. Patients may survive for years with metastases because this tumor is generally well-differentiated and slow growing. In a 1999 study[1] of a cohort of 160 ACC patients, disease specific survival was 89% at 5 years but only 40% at 15 years,[2] reflecting deaths from late-occurring metastatic disease.

Treatment[edit]

Primary treatment for this cancer, regardless of body site, is surgical removal with clean margins. This surgery can prove challenging in the head and neck region due to this tumour's tendency spread along nerve tracts. Adjuvant or palliative radiotherapy is commonly given following surgery. For advanced major and minor salivary gland tumors that are inoperable, recurrent, or exhibit gross residual disease after surgery, fast neutron therapy is widely regarded as the most effective form of treatment.[3][4][5][6] Chemotherapy is used for metastatic disease. Chemotherapy is considered on a case by case basis, as there is limited trial data on the positive effects of chemotherapy. Clinical studies are ongoing, however.

Images[edit]

Coronal MRI showing right parotid adenoid cystic carcinoma with perineural spread of tumor. The tumor originates in the right parotid gland and spreads along the trigeminal nerve via the auricuotemporal branch extending intracranially through the foramen ovale at the skull base towards Meckel's cave
Coronal MRI showing right parotid adenoid cystic carcinoma with perineural spread of tumor along the facial nerve extending to the stylomastoid foramen
Histopathological image of adenoid cystic carcinoma of the salivary gland. Hematoxylin & eosin stain.
Histopathological image of adenoid cystic carcinoma of the salivary gland. Immunostain for S-100 protein.
Micrograph of adenoid cystic carcinoma. FNA specimen. Pap stain.
Adenoid cystic carcinoma with comedonecrosis

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Fordice, J. " Adenoid cystic carcinoma of the head and neck - Predictors of morbidity and mortality." Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 125:2 (February, 1999) pp. 149-152 [1]
  2. ^ Christopher Moskaluk, MD, PhD, and Henry F. Frierson, Jr., MD. "Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma." [2]
  3. ^ Laramore GE. "Fast neutron radiotherapy for inoperable salivary gland tumors: is it the treatment of choice?" International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, Volume 13, Issue 9, September 1987, Pages 1421-1423
  4. ^ Prott FJ, Haverkamp U, Willich N, Wagner W, Micke O, Pötter R. "Ten years of fast neutron therapy in Münster" Bulletin du cancer. Radiothérapie : journal de la Société française du cancer Bull Cancer Radiother. 1996;83 Suppl:115s-21s.
  5. ^ Douglas JG, Laramore GE, Austin-Seymour M, Koh W, Stelzer K, Griffin TW. "Treatment of locally advanced adenoid cystic carcinoma of the head and neck with neutron radiotherapy" International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, Volume 46, Issue 3, February 2000, Pages 551-557.
  6. ^ Breteau N, Wachter T, Kerdraon R, Guzzo M, Armaroli L, Chevalier D, Darras JA, Coche-Dequeant B, Chauvel P. "Use of fast neutrons in the treatment of tumors of the salivary glands: rationale, review of the literature and experience in Orleans" Cancer radiothérapie : journal de la Société française de radiothérapie oncologique. 2000 May-Jun;4(3):181-90.
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