Salivary Gland Tumors

Tumors of the salivary gland are rare, and when they do occur, they are often benign tumors of the parotid gland, one of the three major salivary glands that are responsible for producing saliva to aid in the digestion process. Symptoms include swelling of the glands, facial numbness or weakness, and difficulty swallowing. As with other tumors, treatment depends on the type, size, stage, and location of the growth. Surgery is the most common treatment method, and may involve removing all or part of the salivary gland and lymph nodes. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are additional options for this type of cancer.