National Institutes of Health
- The primary NIH organization for research on Salivary Gland Cancer is the National Cancer Institute
Your salivary glands make saliva - sometimes called spit - and empty it into your mouth through openings called ducts. Saliva makes your food moist, which helps you chew and swallow. It helps you digest your food. It also cleans your mouth and contains antibodies that can kill germs.
Salivary gland cancer is a rare disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the salivary glands. It may not cause any symptoms, or you could notice:
Treatment can include surgery, radiation therapy, and/or chemotherapy.
References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)