Salivary Cancer symptoms
- Apart from lump or swelling in the jaw area or in the mouth or neck other symptoms include:
- numbness in a part of your face
- drooping on one side of your face (facial palsy)
- pain in the area of the lump or swelling
- problems swallowing
- difficulty opening your mouth fully
- swelling on one side of your face
How is Salivary Cancers treated?
After someone is diagnosed with salivary gland cancer, doctors will try to figure out if it has spread, and if so, how far. This process is called staging. The stage of a cancer describes how much cancer is in the body. It helps determine how serious the cancer is and how best to treat it. Doctors also use a cancer's stage when talking about survival statistics.
The earliest stage salivary gland cancers are stage 0 (carcinoma in situ), and then stages range from I (1) through IV (4). As a rule, the lower the number, the less the cancer has spread. A higher number, such as stage IV, means cancer has spread more. Although each person’s cancer experience is unique, cancers with similar stages tend to have a similar outlook and are often treated in much the same way.