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Carcinoma and Adenocarcinoma

By June 14, 2009 - 9:09am
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Is there a difference between adenocarcinoma and carcinoma?

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Is adenocarcinoma a worse breast cancer than carcinoma?

August 3, 2015 - 10:43pm
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Hello Anonymous,

The simple answer is no, because breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which is carcinoma that starts in glandular tissue. Other types of cancers can occur in the breast, too, such as sarcomas, which start in the cells of muscle, fat, or connective tissue.

The prognosis of breast cancer is based the staging of the cancer.

For example, ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS, also known as intraductal carcinoma) is considered non-invasive or pre-invasive breast cancer. DCIS means that cells that lined the ducts have changed to look like cancer cells. The difference between DCIS and invasive cancer is that the cells have not spread (invaded) through the walls of the ducts into the surrounding breast tissue.

Invasive (or infiltrating) ductal carcinoma (IDC) starts in a milk duct of the breast, breaks through the wall of the duct, and grows into the fatty tissue of the breast. At this point, it may be able to spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system and bloodstream.


August 4, 2015 - 8:45am
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Hello Anon - I love your attitude! It's tough having one form of cancer, but two types at the same time is a lot to handle. Good for you in deciding to tackle this head on.

I want to respond to your comments, but I'm not really sure what you're asking. Could you please provide some more information so I can understand what type of suggestions you're looking for. Information resources? Support resources? Other?

Look forward to hearing back from you and learning more.

Take good care,

October 19, 2009 - 6:32pm
EmpowHER Guest

I have been diagnoised with 2 primarys..... stage 2 breast cancer and stage 4 gastric cancer, just three months ago, I am currently undergoing chemo....Herciptin and texatere(never spell it right) my tumors are shrinking
I do understand that Gastric cancer mortallity rate is almost unheard of more that two years..I refuse to accept that, I have Cancer but it doesn't have me, I am not going down without a fight!!
Please anyone that has any suggestions I am open for them.....Bless each and everyone of you..keep believing.:)

October 19, 2009 - 9:00am

Yes, there is a difference.

The prefix "adeno" means "gland".
The word "carcinoma" in both of these words means "malignant tumor".

Adding the prefix "adeno" means it is a particular type of tumor, specifically "a tumor of the gland". There are many different types of gland; which one do you have questions about?

Do you have a specific question- have your or someone you know been diagnosed with an adenocarcinoma? Why are you wondering the difference between these two words?

June 14, 2009 - 12:13pm
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