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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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Mucoepidermoid carcinoma" returned 170 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

You cannot miss it: Pancreatic mucoepidermoid carcinoma: A case report and literature review.
 

Author(s): Hai-Jie Hu, Rong-Xing Zhou, Fei Liu, Jun-Ke Wang, Fu-Yu Li

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Mar;97(11):e9990.

 

Pancreatic mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) is a rare disease with no more than 10 cases reported in literature. The prognosis is poor and few patients can survival more than 1 year.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Prognostic factors and occult nodal disease in mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the oral cavity and oropharynx: An analysis of the National Cancer Database.
 

Author(s): Mark A Ellis, Evan M Graboyes, Terry A Day, David M Neskey

Journal: Oral Oncol.. 2017 Sep;72():174-178.

 

Mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) is an uncommon malignancy that most commonly occurs in the parotid gland followed by the minor salivary glands of the upper aerodigestive tract, most notably in the oral cavity (OC) and oropharynx (OP). Because of its rarity, few studies have been performed ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/ computed tomography findings in a pediatric mucoepidermoid carcinoma and differential diagnosis.
 

Author(s): Jianhao Xie, Chao Ma, Jun Tang

Journal: Hell J Nucl Med. ;20(2):172-175.

 

An 11 years old boy was referred to our hospital. He complained for the last three months for intermittent cough and shortness of breath after exercise which worsened recently. Airways computed tomography (CT) showed an abnormal endobronchial tumor, obstructing the right main bronchus ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Mucoepidermoid carcinoma" returned 14 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the breast: Four case reports and review of the literature.
 

Author(s): Meng Cheng, Cuizhi Geng, Tiantian Tang, Zhenchuan Song

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Dec;96(51):e9385.

 

Mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) of the breast is a rare entity comprising specific morphological and immunohistochemical features, and has been previously only reported in 33 cases.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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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: 31 Dec 1969

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[Jejunal perforation secondary to pulmonary mucoepidermoid carcinoma metastasis. Case report and review].
 

Author(s): Eduardo Moreno-Aguilera, Francisco Iván Galeana-Nogueda, Jesús Vera-Aguilera, Carlos Vera-Aguilera, Luis Alfonso Ley-Marcial

Journal: Cir Cir. ;85(3):254-259.

 

The first reported case of intestinal perforation secondary to metastatic lung carcinoma was reported in 1957. Intestinal metastases are present in up to 1.8% of the cases, with small bowel obstruction as the most common clinical presentation.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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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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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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Tissue Sample Collection From Patients With Head and Neck Cancer and From Healthy Participants
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Head and Neck Cancer

 

Last Updated: 23 Jan 2018

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