EpicentRx Word of the Week: Carcinoma

Oct 30, 2023

“For the answer to what is cancer read this EpicentRx Word of the Week.”

Carcinoma noun



: a malignant tumor of epithelial origin

Carcinomatous adjective


: related to carcinoma

Example sentences:

“The most common form of cancer is carcinoma. It arises from the epithelial tissue of the skin or internal organs. A subtype of carcinoma is adenocarcinoma. It arises in the glands that line the insides of organs.” Another subtype is squamous cell carcinoma. This is an epithelial malignancy involving many anatomical sites and is the most common cancer to metastasize.”

“The most common form of head and neck cancer is squamous cell carcinoma.

“The patient has a carcinomatous lesion.”


The small molecule, RRx-001/nibrozetone and the AdAPT-001 oncolytic adenovirus, are used to treat small cell carcinoma, head and neck carcinoma, and colorectal adenocarcinoma.

About the Word:

From the Greek karkinoma “a cancer.”