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Adenosarcoma of the uterus
Other Names for this Disease
- Mullerian adenosarcoma of the uterus
- Uterine adenosarcoma
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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