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Myoepithelial carcinoma


Other Names for this Disease

  • Malignant myoepithelioma
  • Myoepithelioma carcinoma
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Your Question

Most research indicates myoepithelial carcinoma is a rare cancer of the salivary glands. Can this cancer occur on someone's back? Also, is this a terminal illness with a short life expectancy?

Our Answer

We have identified the following information that we hope you find helpful. If you still have questions, please contact us.

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. 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. We located additional articles on cutaneous and soft tissue myoepithelial carcinoma in which you may be interested. You can read the summaries of these articles at the following links to PubMed, a searchable database of medical literature. To obtain the full article, contact a medical/university library (or your local library for interlibrary loan), or order it online from the publisher's Web site.

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.

Hornick JL, Fletcher CD. Cutaneous myoepithelioma: a clinicopathologic and immunohistochemical study of 14 cases. Hum Pathol. 2004 Jan;35(1):14-24.

Hornick JL, Fletcher CD. Myoepithelial tumors of soft tissue: a clinicopathologic and immunohistochemical study of 101 cases with evaluation of prognostic parameters. Am J Surg Pathol. 2003 Sep;27(9):1183-96.
Last updated: 8/18/2009

What is the prognosis for myoepithelial carcinoma?

The prognosis for myoepithelial carcinoma likely depends on various factors and may be difficult to predict. One study found that among 31 malignant soft tissue myoepithelial tumors, 13 recurred in the same area (42%) and 10 metastasized (32%).[1]
Last updated: 8/18/2009

References
  • Hornick JL, Fletcher CD. Myoepithelial tumors of soft tissue: a clinicopathologic and immunohistochemical study of 101 cases with evaluation of prognostic parameters. Am J Surg Pathol. 2003 Sep;27(9):1183-96..
Other Names for this Disease
  • Malignant myoepithelioma
  • Myoepithelioma carcinoma
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.