Treatment for salivary gland cancer depends on where the cancer is, its size, whether it has spread anywhere else and your health. 

Surgery and radiotherapy are the main treatments for salivary gland cancer. Chemotherapy is usually only used as a treatment for advanced salivary gland cancers. 

Preparing for treatment and life afterwards (prehabilitation)

There are things you can do to help you feel more in control of your physical and mental health when preparing for treatment. In the hospital, preparing for treatment is also called prehabilitation or prehab.

Treatment decisions

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


There are different types of surgery for salivary gland cancer. The type of surgery you might have depends on where the cancer started and how far it has spread. 


Find out about planning and having radiotherapy for salivary gland cancer and about the possible side effects.


Chemotherapy uses anti cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells. You might have it if your cancer is advanced, or if you can't have surgery or radiotherapy.

Follow up

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

Last reviewed: 
22 Oct 2019
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