Salivary gland cancer most commonly occurs in the parotid gland, which is just in front of the ear. Signs and symptoms may include:
• A lump or swelling on or near your jaw or in your neck or mouth
• Numbness in part of your face
• Muscle weakness on one side of your face
• Persistent pain in the area of a salivary gland
• Difficulty swallowing
• Trouble opening your mouth widely
HOW IS SALIVARY GLAND TUMORS DIAGNOSED?
An oncology expert would diagnose the problem with a CT scan and MRI. This would determine the course of the treatment.
HOW IS SALIVARY GLAND TUMORS TREATED?
Surgery is most often done to remove the affected salivary gland. If the tumor is benign, no other treatment is needed.Radiation therapy or extensive surgery may be needed if the tumor is cancerous. Chemotherapy may be used when the disease has spread beyond the salivary glands.
DID YOU KNOW?
Of the reported cases, 20 to 25% of salivary gland tumors are malignant. However, there are acute complications involved that lead to death.