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Salivary Gland Cancer

Salivary gland cancer is a rare disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the salivary glands.

There are hundreds of minor (small) salivary glands lining parts of the mouth, nose, and larynx that can be seen only with a microscope. Most small salivary gland tumors begin in the roof of the mouth (palate).

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There is hope, innovation and support available for those with salivary gland cancer here at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Patient Care and Treatment
The Head and Neck Oncology Program follows a team approach to care. Our patients with salivary glands have their situation discussed not only by our head and neck oncologists, but also by team surgeons and pathologists. By having everyone involved, a personalized treatment plan is developed. In most cases, this discussion happens the same day as the appointment.

Research and innovation: The Head and Neck Oncology Program received a Specialized Program in Research Excellence (SPORE) grant -- this allows our researchers to explore many different avenues (including stem cell research) to combat this type of cancer. It also means they can quickly move what proves to be successful in the laboratory to patients in the clinic.

Since our program is part of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, our patients have access to Patient Support Services. To fully understand what this means, please take time to visit the support services area of this website. We outline the services available to our patients at every point in their care.

Make an appointment/referral or have your questions answered

Our Patient Care Center is staffed by oncology nurses and is just a phone call away to answer your questions or to assist you in making an appointment. Please call 800-865-1125 or use our appointment request form.

If you would like to refer a patient, please contact our M-Line service: 800-962-3555.

For more information, visit our Make an Appointment web page.

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