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Follow-up after treatment is an important part of cancer care. Follow-up for salivary gland cancer is often shared among the cancer specialists (oncologists), your family doctor and your dentist. Your healthcare team will work with you to decide on follow-up care to meet your needs.
Don’t wait until your next scheduled appointment to report any new symptoms and symptoms that don’t go away. Tell your healthcare team if you have:
The chance of salivary gland cancer recurring is greatest within 2 years, so close follow-up is needed during this time. Some types of salivary gland cancer can recur many years after treatment, so you may need long-term follow-up.
Follow-up visits for salivary gland cancer are usually scheduled:
During a follow-up visit, your healthcare team will usually ask questions about the side effects of treatment and how you’re coping. Your doctor may do a physical exam, including:
Tests are often part of follow-up care. You may have:
If a recurrence is found, your healthcare team will assess you to determine the best treatment options.
To make the decisions that are right for you, ask your healthcare team questions about follow-up.
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