Your salivary glands make saliva (spit). These glands are under the floor of your mouth, under your jaw, and in your cheeks just in front of each ear. Small tubes carry the saliva from the glands to your mouth.
Salivary gland cancer is cancer in the organs that make your saliva.
If doctors suspect salivary gland cancer, they’ll do a biopsy. With a biopsy, they remove a sample of your tissue to look at under a microscope.
To see how big the cancer is and whether it has spread, doctors will do:
Doctors will do:
One of the nerves that controls your face runs through one of the salivary glands. During surgery, doctors try to avoid this nerve unless the cancer has spread to it.
Radiation to your salivary glands may cause: