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Living Beyond Salivary Gland Cancer

At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we know that even after you’ve finished treatment for salivary gland cancer, you may still need our help. We’re committed to supporting you in every way we can — physically, emotionally, spiritually, and otherwise — for as long as you need us.

We’ve built a program designed for cancer survivors and their families. Our Survivorship Center has many services for you and your loved ones, including support groups, follow-up programs, educational resources, and more.

Plus, our Resources for Life After Cancer program offers individual and family counseling, lectures and support groups, and practical guidance on employment and insurance issues, among other services. Visit the Survivorship Center to learn more.

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Speech pathologists are key members of the head and neck rehabilitation team. In addition, physical and occupational therapists may help you improve your mobility after surgery or other treatments.

Your speech pathologist will become involved in your care early after your diagnosis. A pathologist assists with your immediate needs after surgery or radiation treatments but also once your treatment is complete, to reduce any long-term effects and prevent late-onset changes. A speech pathologist evaluates your speech, voice, and swallowing and develops a personalized rehabilitation program to help you through treatment and recovery.

You may be given exercises or strategies to help you with any changes in your speech and pronunciation, tongue or jaw range of motion, voice, or swallowing. A speech pathologist may also recommend other tests to better assess your speech, voice, or swallow function.

Learn more about our rehabilitation team.

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At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we focus on all aspects of comprehensive cancer care, not just treating the disease. Our specialists in supportive care can help you cope with the side effects of therapy. These include pain, nausea, and fatigue. We can also help with the emotional and spiritual needs that often come up during and after cancer treatment.

Learn more about how our Supportive Care Service can help you throughout the cancer experience.

If you are in pain during your treatments or even after they’re over, we have pain specialists who can help. We will build a plan that makes sense for you and your needs. Our experts can work with your doctor and pharmacists to give you solutions for both acute physical pain, which comes on suddenly, as well as chronic pain, which can linger. Our goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible.

Learn more about how we can relieve your pain.

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Sometimes, you and your loved ones just need someone to talk to, someone who’s trained to help you make sense of your experience before, during, and after treatment.

Our Counseling Center offers both individual and group counseling sessions to help you and your family cope with your disease. These sessions can be a healthy, productive way to work through the stress and anxiety that are sometimes a part of treatment and recovery.

Learn more about how we can support your emotional well-being.

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Salivary gland cancer is a challenge for anyone, regardless of age. But if you’re older than 65, you may face challenges unique to your age group. At MSK, we’re committed to providing cancer patients of all ages with the treatment, facilities, and support they need.

Your treatment team will include healthcare professionals who have the specialized training and experience to effectively treat older patients. Every aspect of your care — diagnosis, treatment, recovery, support — will be tailored to meet your particular needs.

Learn more about how we care for older patients.

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Medical treatments — surgery, radiation — are often the best way to treat salivary gland cancer. Their whole purpose is to get you healthy again. But at MSK, we know that complementary services can also help soothe and heal not only your body but also your mind and spirit.

Our Integrative Medicine Service can be a valuable part of your formal treatment plan. Programs we offer include massage, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, meditation, visualization, music therapy, and nutritional counseling. Formal classes include yoga, tai chi, and chair aerobics.

Learn more about the variety of complementary services we offer.

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Many people with cancer have questions about diet and nutrition. Our food and nutrition team is trained in helping you understand and cope with a variety of conditions relating to cancer treatment.

Our expert dietitians provide medical nutrition therapy that can help you manage problems with swallowing or changes in taste, your weight, and other issues. They’ll work closely with your treatment team to customize a dietary plan that fits your own specific needs.

Learn more about our nutrition services for patients and survivors.

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We understand that the side effects of cancer treatment that affect your physical appearance can be as upsetting and uncomfortable as any other symptoms you may have. Our dermatology experts can help you manage conditions that affect the health and appearance of your skin and, in some instances, even help prevent them from developing in the first place.

Learn more about how we can help you keep your skin healthy.

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The Tobacco Treatment Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering is ready to help if you’re ready to quit. Giving up tobacco is hard. And quitting while in treatment presents a unique challenge. But it’s a challenge you can overcome, and we can help you do it. We’ll also help family members who want to quit with you.