Name: Salivary Gland Tumors

Description: Cancer in Salivary Gland

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There are several pairs of salivary glands in the mouth: in front of the ears (parotid glands), under the jaw (submanibular glands) and under the tongue (subligual glands). These all produce saliva, which is the lubricating fluid found in the mouth. Saliva contains enzymes that begin the process of digesting food as well as antibodies and other substances that help prevent infections of the mouth and throat.

A tumor can form in any of these glands, but the most common location for cancerous tumors is in the parotid gland. Not every lump in a salivary gland is cancer, as many benign tumors and other conditions (such as infections and salivary gland stones) can also cause lumps. The exact cause of salivary gland cancer is unknown. In some cases, cancer may develop due to DNA damage after years of tobacco use or exposure to radiation. Heredity also may play a role in the development of salivary gland cancer.

Symptoms of a salivary tumor include:

  • A lump (usually painless) in the area of the ear, cheek, jaw, lip, or inside the mouth.
  • Trouble swallowing or opening the mouth widely.
  • Numbness or weakness in the face.
  • Pain in the face that does not go away.
Bookmarks The following information, which has been distilled by the casebook author from this and other websites is particularly relevant to this casebook.
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 Salivary gland cancer: Treatments and drugs - Good overview from Mayo CLinic (Salivary gland carcinoma)
 ACS :: What Is Salivary Gland Cancer? From the American Cancer Society (Salivary Gland Neoplasms)
 Salivary Gland Cancer Treatment - National Cancer Institute Excellent overview from the National Cancer institute (Salivary gland carcinoma)
 Salivary Gland Disorders: MedlinePlus Extensive overview from Medline Plus (Salivary gland carcinoma)

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