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Treatments for recurrent salivary gland cancer
There are no standard treatment options for recurrent salivary gland cancer. Your healthcare team will suggest treatments based on your needs and work with you to develop a treatment plan. Treatment will depend on where the cancer has come back, what treatments you have already received and your overall health.
External beam radiation therapy may be offered for recurrent salivary gland cancer. It can’t be used if you were already given radiation therapy in the area where the cancer recurs.
Surgery may be offered if recurrent salivary gland cancer can be safely removed. The type of surgery done will depend on where the tumour has recurred.
In rare cases, doctors may offer chemotherapy for recurrent salivary gland cancer. It is only offered to people who are healthy enough to have chemotherapy and if no other treatments can be done. There are no standard chemotherapy drugs for recurrent salivary gland cancer.
You may be asked if you want to join a clinical trial for salivary gland cancer. Find out more about clinical trials.
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