Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma


Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, or AdCC, is a subtype of adenocarcinoma which is any cancer originating from glandular tissue. While AdCC may occur elsewhere in the body, it most commonly begins in the salivary glands found throughout the head and neck, often first presenting as painless lumps. Despite only reaching the lymph nodes in about 10% of cases, this cancer commonly spreads via the bloodstream or nerves, with the lung being the most common site of metastases . This type of cancer may remain dormant for long stretches, interchanged with aggressive and sudden stints of rapid growth, making prognosis difficult to predict.