Advances in the Treatment of Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma

Srikar Sama, Takefumi Komiya, Achuta Kumar Guddati


Mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) represents 10-15% of salivary neoplasms. Due to their low incidence, it is challenging to conduct clinical trials and develop treatment guidelines. Although surgery is the most common approach for a resectable tumor, various treatment options such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and immunotherapy have been investigated. There is a need to implement a standardized treatment protocol to effectively manage MEC as it is a common histological subtype. Furthermore, it has become essential to assess chromosomal and genetic abnormalities recently identified with MEC, including alterations of CDKN2A, TP53, CDKN2B, BAP1, etc. These mutations are involved in the transformation of low-grade tumors to high-grade tumors, presenting a vital tool for evaluating the aggressive behavior of this carcinoma. Detailed immunohistochemical and translocation studies can help develop targeted therapies and monitor treatment response. Therefore, biomarker-driven research will immensely improve the outcome, especially in advanced cases. Based on thorough histology and chromosomal translocations, a more personalized treatment plan can improve the overall disease outcome. The purpose of this article is to elaborate on the current treatment advancements, particularly chemotherapy and targeted therapy, as an effective treatment modality for the management of MEC and highlight the comparison with traditional treatment approaches.

World J Oncol. 2022;13(1):1-7


Mucoepidermoid carcinoma; Salivary glands; Chemotherapy; Targeted therapy

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