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Case report
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Adenoid cystic carcinoma of the lung — a case report

Aleksandra Piórek, Dariusz M Kowalski, Adam Płużański, Olga Stanowska, Maciej Krzakowski
DOI: 10.5603/OCP.2019.0041
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Oncol Clin Pract 2019;15(6):336-338.

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Vol 15, No 6 (2019)
CASE REPORT
Published online: 2020-01-10

Abstract

Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) is a malignant neoplasm that frequently originates from the salivary glands of the head and neck. The majority of pulmonary adenoid cystic carcinomas develop centrally in the trachea. Primary ACC of the lung arising from the bronchial glands is a rare disease and accounts for only 0.09‑0.2% of all primary lung neoplasms [1]. Although their growth rate is often indolent, they sometimes show aggressive biologic behaviour. Local invasion with perineural infiltrations, and lymph node and hematogenous metastases have been reported for some of these neoplasms [2]. Treatment options for advanced disease are limited. We herein report a case of a 56-year-old male patient with adenoid cystic carcinoma of the lung, who received conventional chemotherapy and endobronchial irradiation. This review focuses on the palliative therapy in the treatment of metastatic ACC.

Abstract

Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) is a malignant neoplasm that frequently originates from the salivary glands of the head and neck. The majority of pulmonary adenoid cystic carcinomas develop centrally in the trachea. Primary ACC of the lung arising from the bronchial glands is a rare disease and accounts for only 0.09‑0.2% of all primary lung neoplasms [1]. Although their growth rate is often indolent, they sometimes show aggressive biologic behaviour. Local invasion with perineural infiltrations, and lymph node and hematogenous metastases have been reported for some of these neoplasms [2]. Treatment options for advanced disease are limited. We herein report a case of a 56-year-old male patient with adenoid cystic carcinoma of the lung, who received conventional chemotherapy and endobronchial irradiation. This review focuses on the palliative therapy in the treatment of metastatic ACC.

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Keywords

adenoid cystic carcinoma; lung; chemotherapy

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Title

Adenoid cystic carcinoma of the lung — a case report

Journal

Oncology in Clinical Practice

Issue

Vol 15, No 6 (2019)

Article type

Case report

Pages

336-338

Published online

2020-01-10

DOI

10.5603/OCP.2019.0041

Bibliographic record

Oncol Clin Pract 2019;15(6):336-338.

Keywords

adenoid cystic carcinoma
lung
chemotherapy

Authors

Aleksandra Piórek
Dariusz M Kowalski
Adam Płużański
Olga Stanowska
Maciej Krzakowski

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