Each year, more than 250 people with salivary gland cancer receive care at Mayo Clinic. This experience means your care team is prepared with knowledge and resources to provide you with exactly the care you need.
- Latest technology. At Mayo Clinic, doctors use the latest treatment options and technology to treat cancer, including intensity-modulated radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery and proton beam therapy. These technologies deliver powerful radiation to the cancer cells while limiting radiation to critical healthy tissues nearby, such as the eyes, optic nerves, brain, brainstem and spinal cord.
- Minimally invasive techniques. Surgery to remove a salivary gland can be complicated because several important nerves are located in and around the salivary glands. Mayo Clinic specialists have extensive experience in minimally invasive surgical techniques that reduce the effects of cancer removal on your appearance. Mayo's surgeons work to minimize the scar from the surgical incision, preserve the facial nerve and reconstruct the surgery site.
- Comprehensive cancer center. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, recognizing scientific excellence and a multispecialty approach focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for cancer.
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