Pathology dictionary


What is adenocarcinoma?

Adenocarcinoma is a type of cancer made up of cells that group together to form structures called glands. This type of cancer can start almost anywhere in the body. Common locations include the colon, lung, breast, and prostate.



An example of adenocarcinoma in the colon

Types of adenocarcinoma

Adenocarcinoma is a word used to describe a group of cancers. This group includes many different types of tumours and the treatment provided depends on the location and specific type of adenocarcinoma.

More than one type of adenocarcinoma can be found in some areas of the body. In these areas, the specific type of adenocarcinoma or subtype should be included in the diagnosis name. For example, endometrioid adenocarcinoma is a subtype of adenocarcinoma that starts in the uterus.


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