Pathology dictionary

What is adenocarcinoma?

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

Adenocarcinoma is a broad category of cancer and many different types of cancers are considered adenocarcinomas. For example, most breast and colon cancers are called adenocarcinoma. If you have been diagnosed with adenocarcinoma, your treatment and prognosis will depend on many factors including the location, size, and pathologic features of the tumour.

Your pathologist will examine some of your tissue under the microscope to determine the important pathologic features including:

  • Histologic type.

Learn more about your pathology report for adenocarcinoma

If you have been diagnosed with adenocarcinoma and you would like to learn more about your pathology report, please select the area of your body involved from the list below.​

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