Salivary gland cancer care at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic specialists provide expert, personalized care to those with salivary gland cancer.

Your Mayo Clinic care team

At Mayo Clinic, ear, nose and throat specialists (otorhinolaryngologists) form a multidisciplinary team with radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, and rehabilitation medicine specialists to provide whole-person care for people with salivary gland cancer. Other professionals are included as needed.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

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.

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 Clinic surgeons work to minimize the scar from the surgical incision, preserve the facial nerve and reconstruct the surgery site.

Nationally recognized expertise

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.

Expertise and rankings

Though salivary gland cancer is rare, Mayo Clinic doctors have extensive experience diagnosing and treating this cancer.

Each year, more than 260 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.

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.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

July 14, 2017