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Your treatment depends on where the cancer is, the size, whether it has spread anywhere else and your health. Surgery and radiotherapy are the main treatments. Chemotherapy is usually only a treatment for advanced salivary gland cancers. 

Treatment decisions

Find out about how your doctor decides which treatment you need and information about the types of treatment you might have.


There are a number of types of surgery you may have depending on your type of salivary gland cancer.


Radiotherapy uses high energy x-rays to kill cancer cells. You may have it on its own or in combination with surgery.


Chemotherapy uses anti cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells. You might have it as part of your treatment.

Follow up

Find out about follow up appointments and tests after treatment for salivary gland cancer.

Last reviewed: 
27 Jun 2014

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