"This is a diverse group of tumors that are primarily treated with surgery. The commonest site for a salivary gland tumor is the parotid gland."


The role of radiotherapy in salivary gland tumors:

This is a diverse group of tumors that are primarily treated with surgery. The commonest site for a salivary gland tumor is the parotid gland; however submandibular gland tumors are more likely to be malignant.

There are many histopathological types of salivary gland cancer such as adenoid cystic carcinoma, mucoepidermoid carcinoma adenocarcinoma, carcinoma ex pleomorphic adenoma. Adenoid cystic carcinoma has some peculiar characteristics, which are mentioned in a separate page.

Radiotherapy is indicated in all patients suffering from adenoid cystic carcinoma and in others in histologies if high-risk features are noted in the examination of the tissue removed surgically. Radiotherapy for salivary gland tumors is unilateral i.e., treatment is directed only to the affected side of the face and neck. Radiotherapy may also be used to treat inoperable lesions.

Proton therapy has a significant advantage in the treatment of this tumor in that radiation dose received by the opposite side of the face and neck is substantially less, of the order of more than 80% reduction in dose. This result is less inflammation of the inner lining of the cheek, palate, tongue and less dose to the voice box. Salivary gland tumors often occur in young adolescents and adults and the reduction in the radiation being received by the opposite side has an additional advantage of decreasing the risk of developing a radiation induced cancer.

Winning Over Cancer

Dr. Naveen Hedne, Senior Consultant & Lead - Surgical Oncology talks about managing head & neck cancers during COVID-19. He said head & neck cancers can be easily identified & one should not ignore its symptoms, He further added that APCC is well equipped and ready to treat patients during the pandemic situation.


Mr. Param Gandhi from Surat, Gujarat talks about the Proton Therapy for his father at Apollo Proton Cancer Centre. He also talks about the standard of care and treatment journey while conveying his heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Ghosh, Dr.Sapna, Dr Naveen, Dr.Vidyadharan, Dr.Pradeep and the entire team of Head & Neck Cancer Management for their excellent guidance & support. Wishing Param & his family good health always.


Mr. Kishore Jain from Mumbai talks to us about his brother-in-law who was diagnosed with oral cancer and the treatment he underwent at Apollo Proton Cancer Centre. He thanks Dr.Sapna Nangia, Dr.T.Raja, Dr.Naveen, Dr. S. Vidyadharan and the entire team for their extensive help and making him feel optimistic during the treatment period. He is happy to see his brother-in-law who has recovered and is looking fit & healthy today.


Ms.Pooja from Delhi speaks to us about her family member who was diagnosed with head & neck cancer in February, this was when COVID - 19 was picking up in India. She describes how Dr. Sapna Nangia (Senior Consultant - Radiation Oncology) gave her hope by explaining about Proton Therapy at Apollo Proton Cancer Centre.

While the treatment is still going on, she wants to thank the entire team at APCC for taking care of her travel formalities during this challenging time.


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