Pathology dictionary

What is adenosquamous carcinoma?

Adenosquamous carcinoma is a type of cancer made up of both glands and squamous cells. It gets its name from the combination of two other types of cancer, adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

Unlike adenosquamous carcinoma, adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are only made up of one type of cell. Adenocarcinoma is made up of glands while squamous cell carcinoma is made up of squamous cells.

In order to make this diagnosis, a pathologist must see that the tumour is made up of both glands and squamous cells.

The most common locations for this type of cancer are the cervix, lung, and bladder although it can also start in other parts of the body.

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