Parotid gland cancer treatment

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Parotid gland cancer is a type of tumour that develops from the tissues of the parotid glands that produce saliva. The very first manifestation is the feeling of the presence of a foreign body and problems with opening the mouth and swallowing. Treatment includes the combination of surgery, radio- and chemotherapy.

Parotid gland cancer is an oncological lesion of the parotid area of ​​the face in the mandibular fossa. It is pretty rare: the number of registered cases is no more than 2% of the total number of all cancers. The neoplasm of the salivary gland is often benign. However, malignant tumours are registered in 45% of cases. The tumour of the gland is equally shared among women and men over 30.

The main risk factors for parotid gland cancer are:

  • Poor ecology (increased level of radiation);
  • Past diseases of the salivary glands with an inflammatory process;
  • Prolonged smoking;
  • Dangerous working conditions (at woodworking plants, automotive industry, inhalation of chemicals).
  • Epstein-Barr virus;
  • Parotitis.

The malignant process develops without significant symptoms, which complicates timely diagnosis. Common signs of parotid gland cancer development:

  • Occurrence of pain in the parotid area;
  • The formation of a tumour that can be detected during the examination;
  • Paralysis of facial muscles, complications of facial expressions;
  • Problems with chewing and speaking.

The doctor examines the patient and the glands. If a neoplasm is suspected, he prescribes additional methods: CT, MTR, PET-CT and biopsy. A detailed histological examination allows you to accurately determine the character of the tumour and prescribe an effective treatment.

Cancer of the parotid glands involves complex treatment with several methods at once. Chemotherapy (including target approaches) uses drugs that suppress the development of cancer cells and slow down their growth. A surgical intervention provides resection of the neoplasm and excision of the affected organ and surrounding tissues. Finally, radiation (conventional radiotherapy, proton beams and CyberKnife) damages the tumour by ionizing rays.

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