Salivary Gland Cancer Overview
Another name for Salivary Gland Cancer is Parotid Carcinoma.
What is parotid carcinoma?
A person with parotid carcinoma has abnormal cells in the parotid gland that multiply out of control. These cells can form tumors and spread to other parts of the body. The parotid glands are located in front of the ears. They produce saliva, which contains an enzyme to help break down food. The cause of parotid carcinoma is unknown, but genetics, smoking and radiation exposure seem to play a role.
What are the symptoms of parotid carcinoma?
The most common symptom of parotid carcinoma is swelling on one side of the face. Additional symptoms of parotid carcinoma may include facial weakness and drooping of the face on one side.
How does the doctor treat parotid carcinoma?
Treatment for parotid carcinoma includes surgery and radiation therapy.
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