Definition of Adenocarcinoma

adenocarcinomaAdenocarcinoma is a type of cancer that arises from the endothelial cells of glandular structures and is the most common type of cancer to occur in the prostate gland (prostate cancer), gastrointestinal tract (esophageal cancerstomach cancerpancreatic cancerliver cancer, colorectal cancer), and endocrine glands (testicular cancerovarian cancer, thyroid cancer).

Adenocarcinoma begins as a benign (noncancerous) tumor, an adenoma. Over time, gene mutations in the cells of the adenoma may cause the tumor to transition to an adenocarcinoma – can involve numerous organs and tissues.

See also BLASTOMACARCINOMA; ENDOCRINE GLAND; FAMILIAL ADENOMATOUS POLYPOSIS (FAP)HEREDITARY NONPOLYPOSIS COLORECTAL CANCER (HNPCC)INTESTINAL POLYPLEUKEMIAMUTATIONSARCOMA.

Adenocarcinoma (type of cancer) – Definition and Information
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