Metaplastic carcinoma

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Metaplastic carcinoma is cancer that begins in cells that have changed into another cell type (for example, a squamous cell of the esophagus changing to resemble a cell of the stomach). In some cases, metaplastic changes alone may mean there is an increased chance of cancer developing at the site.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the U.S. National Cancer Institute document "Dictionary of Cancer Terms".