Salivary Glands

What is salivary gland cancer?

Salivary glands produce saliva in the mouth, which aids in digestion. The three pairs of major salivary glands are located in below each ear, under the tongue in the floor of the mouth, and below the jawbone. Salivary gland cancer is a rare disease in which cancerous cells form in any of these glands.

More information about salivary gland cancer (National Cancer Institute)


It’s possible that you could have one or more of the following tests:

  • Imaging (MRI, CT or PET scan)
  • Endoscopy
  • Biopsy or fine needle aspiration


Depending on your unique set of conditions, your treatment could include one or more of the following treatments (but not all of these will apply to your condition):

  • Surgery
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy

Your full team of care providers will work closely together to review your diagnostic tests, identify the best course of treatment particular to you, and help you understand your diagnosis and what to expect with any treatment you have.