What is Adenocarcinoma?
An adenocarcinoma is a form of cancer that develops in the body’s mucus-producing glands. Many organs have these glands, such as the lungs, colon, rectum, pancreas, breasts, and prostate.
What is Adenocarcinoma Of The Parotid Gland?
Parotid adenocarcinoma is a cancer of the parotid gland that can appear as a hard growing mass or a nodule in the front of the ear.
What is Parotid Gland?
There is a pair of salivary glands on each side of the face and in front of the ears. These glands are called the parotid glands. The parotid glands secrete saliva, which lubricates food and helps break it down.
There is no exact well- known cause. However, certain genetic mutations, cigarette smoking and recurrent ear or teeth infections can cause parotid gland adenocarcinoma.
Signs and Symptoms
The patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- A growing mass or nodule in the front of the ear can develop on either the right side of the face or the left.
- Usually, the lump or nodule is painless, hard, but not attached to the surface, and may move under the skin when trying to move
The following tests and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis. These are
- A physician will do a physical examination of the jaws, face, neck, and throat to find out the lumps or masses and their nature.
- Imaging tests such as MRI, CT-scan, Or PET scan to find out the site, size, and extent of the tumor
- Fine needle aspiration biopsy and histopathological examination to rule out the type of cancer cells
Treatment options vary according to the types of cancer cells, their size, and the extent of the tumor. Surgical resection (removal of the tumor along with some marginal healthy tissues of the parotid gland) of the tumor is the main treatment option, while in advanced cases surgical removal of the parotid gland with radiation and chemotherapy is the main treatment option.
What Support can we Give for Parotid gland Adenocarcinoma?
Parotid gland Adenocarcinoma is a rare cancer, meaning it is not as well known as other forms of cancer. Without a Ribbon is an Australian organisation that provides support for individuals who suffer from rare cancers. So, we provide a designated platform for Warriors to obtain information specific to their Rare Cancer. We also provide annual opportunities for our Warriors to meet and learn from each other. If you suffer from rare cancer such as Parotid gland Adenocarcinoma we can help and support you through your journey thanks to the generous donations we receive. Click the link below to sign up and become a Warrior today!
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