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Salivary Gland Cancer Treatment Information
IU Health specialists use comprehensive treatment options to treat salivary gland cancer, no matter what stage it is in. Services include:
- Surgery. Surgery is an effective treatment for salivary gland cancer. Almost all patients with salivary gland cancer will undergo surgery to remove tumors. In many cases, the tumors can be removed through surgery. In some cases, however, salivary gland cancers can invade other tissues of the head and neck, particularly the lymph nodes, making the tumors difficult to remove. IU Health offers expert, comprehensive services to remove all affected tissue while maintaining as much healthy tissue as possible.
- Reconstructive surgery. When tumors have spread to surrounding tissue, the affected tissue, including nerves and muscles, must also be removed. Our physicians offer surgical reconstruction that minimizes the effects of cancer removal surgery. We use tissue taken from other parts of the body, including nerves, muscles and fat, to reconnect damaged nerves and rebuild the structure of the face.
- Radiation therapy. After surgery, we use targeted radiation therapy to kill any remaining cancer while preserving healthy cells. Radiation therapy ensures that all cancer cells have been destroyed, keeping them from spreading or preventing your tumors from returning.
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Salivary Gland Cancer Support Services
Find out more about this rare cancer by visiting the websites below.
A Sampling of Salivary Gland Cancer Support Services
National Cancer Institute
This NCI website features extensive, well-organized information about salivary gland cancer.
American Cancer Society
The ACS provides extensive information on many topics surrounding salivary gland cancer, including diagnosis, how it staged and how it is treated.