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Surgery

There are different types of surgery for salivary gland cancer. See which type of surgery you might have and what is likely to happen before, during and after the operation. 

Types of surgery

Surgery is the most common treatment for salivary gland cancer. The type of operation you need depends on which salivary gland the cancer developed in and how far it has grown.

Surgery to remove the lymph nodes in your neck

Read about the different types of surgery to remove the lymph nodes in your neck for salivary gland cancer. 

Preparing for your operation

Find out what happens before surgery for salivary gland cancer, the people you’ll meet and the exercises you need to do.

Going into hospital

Read about what you need to take in, what to expect and how to prepare for surgery when you have salivary gland cancer. 

On the day

Find out what happens on the day of surgery, including information about having an anaesthetic.

After your operation

Your guide to how you might feel when you wake up from surgery, the possible problems and when you can expect to go home.

Problems after surgery

There is a risk of problems or complications after any operation. Find out what might happen and what to look out for after salivary gland cancer surgery.

Last reviewed: 
23 Oct 2019

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