Your salivary glands make saliva (spit). These glands are under the floor of your mouth, under your jaw, and in your cheeks just in front of each ear. Small tubes carry the saliva from the glands to your mouth.
Salivary gland cancer is cancer in the organs that make your saliva.
Doctors will do:
Surgery to remove the cancer
Sometimes also radiation therapy
One of the nerves that controls your face runs through one of the salivary glands. During surgery, doctors try to avoid this nerve unless the cancer has spread to it.
Radiation to your salivary glands may cause: