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 172 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Surgery combined with radio-chemotherapy for esophageal mucoepidermoid carcinoma: A case report.
 

Author(s): Chunhui Zheng, Xiaomei Chen, Fangbiao Zhang, Liping Yan, Xiangyan Zhang

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Jun;97(24):e11165.

 

Primary mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) of the esophagus is a rare type of malignant neoplasm. Its morphology resembles that of MEC of the salivary glands. It is characterized by a diffuse mixture of squamous and mucus-secreting glandular carcinoma cells. Due to the low incidence of ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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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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Interventional Bronchoscopic Therapy in Adult Patients with Tracheobronchial Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma.
 

Author(s): Hui Chen, Jie Zhang, Xiao-Jian Qiu, Juan Wang, Ying-Hua Pei, Yu-Ling Wang

Journal: Chin. Med. J.. 2017 Oct;130(20):2453-2458.

 

Tracheobronchial mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) is a rare airway tumor in adults for which surgery is considered a first-line treatment. However, some patients already lost the best opportunity of a surgical intervention when diagnoses are confirmed, and surgery causes considerable ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Mucoepidermoid carcinoma" returned 15 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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Sclerosing Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Submandibular Gland Presenting as Chronic Sialadenitis: A Case Report and Review of Literature.
 

Author(s): L Heptinstall, C Carroll, J Siddiqi, D Kamel, M Petkar

Journal: Head Neck Pathol. 2017 Dec;11(4):506-512.

 

Sclerosing mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the salivary gland (SMEC) is a rare subtype of mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC), first described in 1987 by Chan and Saw. As far as we are aware, only 30 cases have been published since then. Most cases were located in the parotid gland with some ...

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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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: 26 Jun 2018

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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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