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Adenosarcoma of the uterus
Other Names for this Disease
- Mullerian adenosarcoma of the uterus
- Uterine adenosarcoma
Your QuestionWhat is the difference between uterine adenosarcoma and uterine adenocarcinoma? Or are they the same thing? I'm trying to research this diagnosis and keep seeing these phrases used interchangeably.
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There are two main types of cancer: carcinoma, which develops from cells that line internal organs (epithelial cells), and sarcoma, which develops from cells in muscles, nerves, or connective tissues (stromal or mesenchymal cells). An adenoma is a benign growth of epithelial cells and is sometimes considered the beginning of a carcinoma. A uterine adenosarcoma is a cancer of the uterus that is made up of both benign epithelial cells ("adeno-") and malignant mesenchymal cells ("sarcoma"). Uterine adenocarcinoma is a cancer of the uterus that is made up of epithelial cells only.
Last updated: 1/29/2013