Wednesday, May 23, 2012

ACC Sometimes Misdiagnosed

Patty’s ear problems started at age 16. She wasn’t diagnosed until age 25. She’s now 29.

Not everyone wants their name out on the web, so I’ll call this patient Patty. 

It’s not unusual for ACC to be diagnosed. From the time Patty turned 16 she complained about problems with her ears. Her family lived in the Kansas City area, not Podunk in the boonies. Her parents took her to one specialist after another.

Frequently Patty had irritation, inflammation and other symptoms. The ENTs treated her with ear drops, steroids, and various other miscellaneous medications.

By the time Patty went to college she’d seen three different ENT’s. None of them could figure out the repeated episodes of pain. The 4th ENT decided to perform a minor surgery to remove the scar tissue from her ear and graft skin from her arm onto the surface of the ear canal.

When the doctor sent the scar/inflamed tissue to the pathology lab for a routine biopsy, it came back Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC). Even that fourth ENT didn’t think the Patty’s ear problems were anything to worry about—not until the biopsy returned.

Remember, doctors are human, God is divine. Second, third and even fourth opinions are sometimes necessary to find the absolute truth. ACC is one of the rare cancers many ENT’s never see in a lifetime.

I will say to the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Psalm 91:2

For more information ACCOI

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

ACC Medical Research

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Have you prayed for a 
medical research team lately?

Nancy was diagnosed with sublingual salivary (ACC). She had surgery in Dallas, the Neutron and Gamma Knife Radiation in Seattle, WA. She’s doing well, but she struggles with dry mouth and all the side effects.

Nancy is an ACCOI board member and wrote today:

I stay in touch with Oral Cancer Foundation and their news. I was very excited to read their latest news bulletin at

Researchers in Barcelona, Spain believe they may have found a way to avoid damaging salivary glands during radiotherapy treatment for head and neck cancer – a discovery that could improve the quality of life of 500,000 patients a year worldwide with the disease.

If you struggle with any cancer, you understand the importance of research.
Pray for every researcher and especially those who take on a rare cancer like ACC. 

Take Care of Your ACC Mouth


Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC) invaded Karen White’s life. Her life as wife, mother and office manager for Brad White Ministries changed. Fortunately, because Karen’s doctor correctly diagnosed her and a man at a concert told Brad about proton radiation treatment at M.D. Anderson, Karen is doing well after her treatment.

Her treatment didn’t happen overnight or as easily as the sentence above makes it sound. Karen and her family still need our prayers.

In my research I’ve found many who have radiation of the mouth; head and neck area suffer from sores in the mouth and dry mouth conditions. With all cancers it is important to eat a good balanced diet and keep your weight up. Of course, the sores in the mouth make it difficult to eat.

Here is great advice from ACC Survivors

Sunday, May 13, 2012

What does Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Look Like

Jesus at the Door of Your Heart
Photo by Kat 2007

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For several weeks I’ve been reading posts about Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC), cancer that originates in the salivary gland. The more I read, the more I know we need more information easily accessible. Many have been misdiagnosed for years.

In almost every case of misdiagnosis, the patient felt certain there was something more wrong and persistently sought treatment. Why isn’t ACC recognized by every doctor? Because most doctors have never seen it—many have never heard of it.

Karen White was properly diagnosed. She’s had proton radiation at M.D. Anderson. Does that mean Karen will never see another ACC doctor again? No, it means for now Karen is doing great.

No one can predict how a rare cancer like ACC will react down the road. The good news is Karen is living like before, dedicated to the Lord.  

            Thanking the Lord for every good day,
            Enjoying the moments
            Living life to the fullest.
            She knows her life is totally in God’s hands.

The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1-2 (niv)