Salivary gland cancer is an uncommon type of cancer that starts in the tissue of one of the salivary glands. There are a number of salivary glands inside the mouth.
Causes of salivary gland cancer
Salivary gland cancer is a rare cancer. Exact cause of salivary gland cancer is unknown but several risk factors can increase the risk of developing salivary gland cancer:
- Increasing age
- Exposure to radiation
- Tobacco smoking
- Previous skin cancer
- Family history of cancer
- Human Papilloma virus
Clinical presentation of salivary gland cancer
Symptoms are nonspecific and generally include halitosis, Dysphagia, exophthalmos, or a unilateral, firm, painless, swelling of the upper neck (mandibular, and sublingual, base of the ear (parotid), upper lip or maxilla (zygomatic), or mucous membrane of lip or tongue (accessory salivary tissue). Major differential diagnoses are mucoceles, abscesses, salivary gland infraction, sialadenitis, lymphoma, or reactive, or reactive or metastatic lymphadenopathy.
Diagnostic techniques and workup
Fine needle aspiration cytology of masses in these locations should help differentiate noncancerous disease from cancer. Regional radiographs will usually be normal but may reveal periosteal reaction on adjacent bones or displacement of surrounding structure. CT imaging may be helpful in determining extent of disease and infilteration into surrounding structures. Needle core or wedge biopsies will usually be necessary to make a definitive diagnosis.
- Infectious parotitis
- Autoimmune parotitis
- Benign neoplasms
- Malignant neoplasms
Homeopathic treatment for symptoms of salivary gland cancer
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat symptoms of salivary gland cancer but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat symptoms of salivary gland cancer that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment for symptoms of salivary gland cancer:
Baryta Carb, Baryta Mur, Calcaria Carb, Aurum T, Kali Carb, Lycopodium, Mercurius, Rhus Tox, Silicea, Staphisagria, Sulphur, Alumina, Apis Mel, Merc Cor, and many other medicines.