If you've been diagnosed with salivary gland cancer, your cancer care team will discuss your treatment options with you. It's important to weigh the benefits of each treatment option against the possible risks and side effects.
Common treatment options for salivary gland cancer include:
Sometimes more than one type of treatment is used. Which treatment option(s) might be best for you depends on many factors, including the type, grade, and stage of the cancer; your overall health; the chances of curing the disease; the impact of the treatment on functions like speech, chewing, and swallowing; and your own personal preferences.
Depending on your situation, you may have different types of doctors on your treatment team:
Many other specialists may be involved in your care as well, including physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, nutrition specialists, speech therapists, physical therapists, swallowing specialists, occupational therapists, social workers, and other health professionals.
It’s important to discuss all your treatment options as well as their possible side effects with your family and your treatment team to make the choice that best fits your needs. If there’s anything you don’t understand, ask to have it explained.
If time permits, it is often a good idea to seek a second opinion. A second opinion can give you more information and help you feel more confident about the treatment plan you choose.