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Salivary Gland Tumors – Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

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About Salivary Gland Tumors

The salivary glands are what produce and release saliva in the mouth. Saliva is composed of several enzymes and antibodies — these are what help break down food and protect the body from infections of the mouth and throat. There are three main salivary glands; parotid, sublingual, and submandibular. Salivary gland tumors is rare and typically more than half of salivary gland tumors are benign (noncancerous). Most malignant (cancerous) salivary gland tumors are commonly found in the parotid glands, which are the largest of the three major glands. At the Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas, board-certified head and neck (otolaryngologist) surgeons Drs. Yadro Ducic and Masoud Saman are skilled at diagnosing and treating salivary gland tumors. If you have been diagnosed with salivary gland tumors or have several symptoms, please schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Dallas or Fort Worth to learn more about your treatment options.

Symptoms

Common signs of a salivary gland tumor include:

  • A lump or swelling on or near the ear, cheek, jaw, lip, or inside the mouth
  • Trouble swallowing or opening the mouth
  • Fluid draining from the ear
  • Numbness or weakness in the face
  • Chronic facial pain

Treatment Options

There are a variety of treatment options available to patients with salivary gland tumors. The most standard forms of treatment include surgical excision (whether malignant or benign), radiation therapy, chemotherapy, radiosensitizers, and in some cases a lymphadenectomy. The patient's treatment will depend on the stage of the tumor, size of the tumor, type of salivary gland the tumor is in, type of cancer cells (which will depend on where it was found), age, and overall general health. Our surgeons at the Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas will coordinate with the patient's physician and other medical professionals on the patient's oncology team to determine the best form of treatment.

What to Expect

Once a treatment plan is created, the patient will undergo the designated procedure as determined by their oncology team. Treatment time and recovery will vary from patient-to-patient. Typically, after the recommended procedure is completed, a biopsy will be performed to determine the success of the surgical excision, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or radiosensitizers. Based on the results, Drs. Ducic and Saman will decide on the next course of action and help the patient with recovery. Patients should continue to meet with their oncologist to monitor the health of their salivary glands.

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If you have been diagnosed with salivary gland tumors or you have been experiencing symptoms, schedule an appointment at the Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas to learn more about your treatment options. With multiple locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, we can schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience with one of our board-certified otolaryngologists Drs. Ducic, and/or Saman. Don't let fear hold you back from getting treatment — we are here to help protect your health and provide the best care possible.

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