Cancer is not a single disease. It is a large group of diseases. Each one of these diseases is characterized by cells that are aggressive (they grow and divide without respect to normal limits), invasive (they invade and destroy adjacent tissue) and sometimes metastatic (they spread to other parts of your body).
There are many different kinds of cancer. Most of these types of cancer are named for where they start in your body. For example, liver cancer begins in your liver.
Cancer is also classified according to the type of cell that resembles the tumor. Some examples of this are germ cell tumor, sarcoma, blastic tumor and lymphoma.
Carcinoma is one of the classes of cancer. Carcinoma is a type of cancer that starts in the epithelial cells of your body. These are the cells that line the surface of your organs and skin. Epithelial cells also line your airways and digestive tract.
There are several different types of carcinoma. Adenoid cystic carcinoma is one of the forms of carcinoma.
Adenoid cystic carcinoma is an uncommon kind of malignant tumor. It usually develops inside of your secretory glands. This usually involves the major and minor salivary glands in your neck and head. However, adenoid cystic carcinoma may also begin in your skin, trachea, vulva, breast and lacrimal gland. The tumor is usually defined by its distinctive histologic appearance.
Adenoid cystic carcinoma may occur at any age to anyone, but it is most often diagnosed in people who are in their 40s to 60s. Women outnumber men with this disease by a ratio of 3 to 2.
The signs and symptoms that you experience with adenoid cystic carcinoma will usually be determined by where the tumor was originally located. Some of the possible signs and symptoms are:
Pain and/or nerve paralysis
Changes in your vision
Protrusion of your eyeball (proptosis)
Changes in your speech
Problems with swallowing
Shortness of breath
Hemoptysis (coughing up blood)
You or a loved one may have adenoid cystic carcinoma. Adenoid cystic carcinoma and/or complications that have resulted from this disease may be why you are disabled and cannot work.
You may need help if this is the case. You may need financial assistance.
You or your loved one may be planning on applying for the financial help that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by adenoid cystic carcinoma and/or complications that have resulted from this disease. You or your loved one may have already taken this step, and you were denied by the Social Security Administration.
If you or your loved one is thinking about reapplying or appealing the denial, here is something important that you need to think about. The fact is that people who are represented by a disability attorney like the one you will find at Disability Case Review are approved more often than people who do not have a disability lawyer standing with them.