Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • ACC
  • Adenocystic Carcinoma
  • Cribriform Carcinoma
  • Cylindroma

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

This disease entry was made possible due to the generosity of the Kathleen Keany Memorial Foundation, 8502 East Chapman Avenue, Suite 195, Orange, CA 92869, (714) 538-6920.

Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) is a relatively rare form of cancer that most commonly develops in the salivary glands or other regions of the head and neck. In some cases, ACC may arise in other primary sites, such as the skin; the breast; the neck of the uterus (cervix) in females; the prostate gland in males; or other areas.

The term "cancer" refers to a group of diseases characterized by abnormal, uncontrolled cellular growth that invades surrounding tissues and may spread (metastasize) to distant bodily tissues or organs via the bloodstream, the lymphatic system, or other means. Different forms of cancer, including adenoid cystic carcinoma, may be classified based upon the cell type involved, the specific nature of the malignancy, the tissues or organs affected, and the disease's clinical course.

ACC tumors are characterized by a distinctive pattern in which abnormal "nests" or cords of certain cells (epithelial cells) surround and/or infiltrate ducts or glandular structures within the affected organ. These structures are typically filled with a mucous-like material or contain abnormal fibrous membranes (hyaline membranes). Such characteristics are apparent during microscopic evaluation of the tumor cells. ACC is considered a low-grade malignancy that has a history of slow growth, but tends to be aggressively invasive and to infiltrate nearby lymph nodes as well as the "sheaths" or coatings surrounding nerve fibers (perineural spaces). This form of cancer may have a tendency to recur later at the site where it first developed (local recurrence) and to spread to distant bodily sites, particularly the lungs, potentially resulting in life-threatening complications.
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Resources

American Cancer Society, Inc.
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National Cancer Institute
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National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
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Cancer Hope Network
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Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer, Inc.
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Fax: (516)671-8794
Email: info@spohnc.org
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OncoLink: The University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center Resource
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Email: editors@oncolink.upenn.edu
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Association of Community Cancer Centers
11600 Nebel Street
#201
Rockville, MD 20852
Tel: (301)984-9496
Fax: (301)770-1949
Internet: http://www.accc-cancer.org

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Alliance
PO Box 82
1649 N. Pacana Way
Green Valley, AZ 85614
USA
Tel: (520)625-5495
Fax: (951)609-3982
Email: sharon.lane@rare-cancer.org
Internet: http://www.rare-cancer.org/adenoid-cystic-carcinoma/

Canadian Cancer Society
10 Alcorn Avenue
Suite 200
Toronto
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Canada
Tel: (416) 961-7223
Fax: (416) 961-4189
Tel: (888) 939-3333
Email: ccs@cancer.ca
Internet: http://www.cancer.ca/

International Cancer Alliance for Research and Education (ICARE)
4853 Cordell Avenue
Suite 14
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tel: (301)656-3461
Fax: (301)654-8684
Tel: (800)422-7361
Email: info@icare.org
Internet: http://www.icare.org

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Organization International
5605 77th Street East
Puyallup, WA 98371
USA
Email: accoi_info@yahoo.com
Internet: www.accoi.org

Rare Cancer Alliance
1649 North Pacana Way
Green Valley, AZ 85614
USA
Tel: (520)625-5495
Fax: (615)526-4921
Email: sharon.lane@rare-cancer.org
Internet: http://www.rare-cancer.org

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
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Friends of Cancer Research
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Fax: (703)302-1568
Email: info@focr.org
Internet: http://www.focr.org

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation
P.O. Box 442
Needham, MA 02494
Tel: (781)248-9699
Email: info@accrf.org
Internet: http://www.accrf.org

Cancer.Net
American Society of Clinical Oncology
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Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel: (571)483-1780
Fax: (571)366-9537
Tel: (888)651-3038
Email: contactus@cancer.net
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Wellness Community
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Lance Armstrong Foundation
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Austin, TX 78702
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Email: media@livestrong.org
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