Salivary gland cancer is a rare type of head and neck cancer in the salivary glands which make saliva and then empty the saliva into openings in the mouth called ducts. Doctors diagnose salivary gland cancer using a physical exam, imaging tests, and a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • A lump in the ear, cheek, jaw, lip, or mouth
  • Fluid draining from ear
  • Trouble swallowing or opening the mouth widely
  • Numbness, weakness, or pain in face

Treatments

Treatment can include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a combination of the three.