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Treatment Options by Stage

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    If the cancer is low-grade, treatment may include the following:

    • Surgery with or without lymphadenectomy. Radiation therapy may also be given after surgery.
    • Radiation therapy.
    • Fast neutron radiation therapy to lymph nodes with cancer.
    • Chemotherapy.
    • A clinical trial of fast neutron radiation therapy to the tumor.
    • A clinical trial of chemotherapy.

    If the cancer is high-grade, treatment may include the following:

    • Surgery with or without lymphadenectomy. Radiation therapy may also be given after surgery.
    • Fast neutron radiation therapy.
    • Radiation therapy as palliative therapy to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.
    • A clinical trial of radiation therapy and/or radiosensitizers.
    • A clinical trial of chemotherapy.

    Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with stage III salivary gland cancer. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

    Stage IV Salivary Gland Cancer

    Treatment of stage IV salivary gland cancer may include the following:

    • Fast neutron or photon-beam radiation therapy.
    • A clinical trial of chemotherapy with or without radiation therapy.

    Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with stage IV salivary gland cancer. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

    WebMD Public Information from the National Cancer Institute

    Last Updated: February 25, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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