Myoepithelial carcinoma

Can myoepithelial carcinoma occur on someone's back?

Yes, in addition to occurring in the salivary glands, this type of cancer can also occur in the skin or soft tissues. We have located a case report of cutaneous myoepithelial carcinoma occurring on a person's back.

Tanahashi J, Kashima K, Daa T, Kondo Y, Kuratomi E, Yokoyama S. A case of cutaneous myoepithelial carcinoma. J Cutan Pathol. 2007 Aug;34(8):648-53.

It is important to keep in mind that although there are often symptoms or clinical findings that are documented in case reports, they are based on the specific individuals that are studied and may differ from one affected person to another.

As this article is written using fairly technical language, if you do not have a background in medicine or the sciences, we would recommend you review it with your medical professional.

Last updated on 05-01-20

What is the long-term outlook for myoepithelial carcinoma?

The prognosis for myoepithelial carcinoma likely depends on various factors and may be difficult to predict. Follow-up studies with information on prognosis are limited. One study that followed 27 patients from 9 months-17 years found that 14 individuals had recurrent tumors, 6 developed distant metastasis, 3 regional lymph node metastasis, and 10 passed away. Another study found that among 31 malignant soft tissue myoepithelial tumors, 13 recurred in the same area (42%) and 10 metastasized (32%).

Last updated on 05-01-20

How might myoepithelial carcinoma be treated?

The treatment for metastatic myoepithelial carcinoma usually begins with surgery to remove the main tumor. Radiation therapy can be used to reduce the chance that the tumor could return in the same location. There is limited evidence about the usefulness of chemotherapy in treating myoepithelial carcinoma, and there are no standard treatment guidelines.

Last updated on 05-01-20

Is there a clinical trial for treatment of myoepithelial carcinoma?

There may be available clinical trials for this type of cancer. If you are interested in participating in research, we suggest you visit our page on How to Get Involved in Research.

Last updated on 05-01-20

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