a malignant tumour which develops from glandular tissue. The vast majority of prostate cancers are adenocarcinomas. The rest are a variety of much rarer types. advanced prostate cancer: once prostate cancer has escaped from the prostate gland and spread elsewhere in the body, it is described as advanced. It can be treated using hormone therapy. Also see locally advanced prostate cancer and metastatic cancer.
A cancer of glandular tissue. A glandular tissue is a tissue made up of cells that secrete (make and give off) something. For example, an adenocarcinoma of the lung is a cancer of the glandular cells lining the airways that secrete mucus.
A more rare cancer affecting the cervix, but involving the columnar cells rather than the squamous cells. The columnar cells are the cells that are involved in glandular activity. Adenocarcinoma has a different type and rate of progression and is not so often picked up in Pap smears. Women who have regular Pap smears and who still develop cervical cancer are often affected by this type of cancer rather than squamous cell carcinoma.
Frequently of large size before the symptoms of blood in urine due to invasion of the renal vein, flank pain, a palpable mass, or distant metastasis following invasion. The tumors commonly have a yellow cut surface and appear well circumscribed, although showing microscopic infiltration of adjacent tissue.
Adenocarcinoma is a form of carcinoma that originates in glandular tissue. To be classified as adenocarcinoma, the cells do not necessarily need to be part of a gland, as long as they have secretory properties.