Patient Comments: Salivary Gland Cancer - Symptoms

What symptoms did you experience with your salivary gland cancer?

Comment from: guitarlady, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I found a lump under my left jaw and noticed a decrease in saliva production. The lump was painless. I was also bone tired, but thought it was because I worked graveyard shift.

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Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 18

I could feel a fairly hard lump below my left ear, behind my jawbone. No pain associated. After several months, I queried my GP during a routine physical. After a follow-up ultrasound and biopsy a "muco-epidermoid" carcinoma, about 2.3 cm. in diameter, in the superficial portion of the parotid, extending into the deep lobe was found. Treatment was parotidectomy, with reconstruction using forearm fat tissue and vessels (free flap). No follow-up radiation or chemo was required, but several months of physiotherapy due to spinal accessory nerve damage and associated frozen shoulder. Now three years post-op with no recurrence. Only remaining symptoms are slight numbness of my left cranium and ear, and Frey's syndrome on my left temple.

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Comment from: cassgirl, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

I had abdominal pain under my ribcage on both sides. I felt bloated even if I had not eaten, and I had no appetite. I went in for an ultrasound, and a hepatic hemangioma was discovered. My doctor referred me to a gastroenterologist to rule out other health problems. I go in next week for a consultation.

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Comment from: msra, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

In 2006, I had an enlargement of the upper right side of my abdomen, just below my right breast. It was found to be hepatic hemangioma. The right lobe of my liver was surgically removed to avoid rupture.

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Comment from: the kid, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 26

I started having pain in my upper right and also the upper left side after I had fell and landed on my back and hitting my head. The pain increased for 7 months, then I started having problems eating. During Thanksgiving dinner I would eat a small amount and feel like I just finished; 15-20 minutes later I would be hungry again. After two months I decided to have it checked out. After a CT scan they discovered three Cavernous hemangiomas, the largest in the right lobe posteromedially 12 X 6 X 7.3 cm; next in the left lobe near the dome 43 X 33 X 22 mm; and a third in the right lobe near the porta hepatis 19 X 22 X 17 mm. I am in pain, they want to prescribe Pain Killers but I am fearful of the liver damage that may be caused from the pain killers. I have good days and bad, as for today I am very dizzy and nausea. I am going to find another doctor that can give me another opinon as to how I should treat this because to live with this chronic pain is not a fun way to be.

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