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Salivary Gland Tumor Treatment


Your treatment options will depend on your type of salivary gland tumor.


We treat most salivary gland tumors with surgery first. Salivary gland tumors are extremely rare, but our surgeons are experienced and perform more than 100 of these delicate surgeries each year.

These tumors occur in areas close to sensitive nerves that move the muscles of the face. Our doctors use advanced facial nerve monitoring during surgery. This allows us to preserve as much nerve function as possible.

We also use reconstructive techniques to repair any tissue damaged during your surgery.

Radiation Therapy

We often use radiation therapy after surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells and prevent cancer from returning. Radiation uses high-energy rays to destroy cancer.

Radiation therapy can also be used for:

  • Tumors that can’t be removed with surgery
  • Patients who don’t want surgery
  • Cancers that have spread to other areas


Chemotherapy drugs aren’t used for most salivary gland cancers. We use chemotherapy to treat salivary gland cancers that have spread, or metastasized, to other parts of the body.