Glandular cells


December 5, 2023


Glandular cells

Glandular cells are specialized epithelial cells that form the functional units of most internal organs. They are involved in the production and secretion of substances that aid in the normal activity of the organ. These substances may include enzymes, hormones, mucus, or other products that are released into ducts, surfaces, or the bloodstream for various physiological functions.

Glandular cells can be found in different organs and tissues throughout the body. They exhibit specific morphological features that suit their function. For example, these cells may be cuboidal (square), columnar (rectangular), or goblet-shaped (large round cells filled with mucin). The cells are found in a thin layer of tissue called the epithelium.

Glandular epithelium

What type of cancer starts from glandular cells?

Adenocarcinoma is a type of cancer that starts from glandular cells, and it can occur in any organ where these cells are normally found. Common locations for this type of cancer include the lungs, breast, prostate, colon, stomach, ovaries, and endometrium. The behavior and treatment of these cancers depend on the organ or tissue of origin.

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