• Curious about if anyone has had salivary cancer here?

    Asked by KancerKiller on Thursday, December 6, 2018

    Curious about if anyone has had salivary cancer here?

    I'm probably just freaking out but I have a salivary gland that is cramping up, and I think I have a lymph node swollen. I have an appointment but not for a couple weeks. I'm wanting to know if this is a symptom.

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    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      Our bodies are capable of producing about 150 symptoms, total. Those symptoms are associated with 68,069 recognized human illnesses and diseases. Of those, 125 are cancer types. Consider: There are between 3,300 and 5,000 viruses that have been identified and scientifically described. There are MILLIONS of others that remain unknown. You know those 24 hour bugs? Those are some of the unknown viruses, but once we are infected, many live in our tissues for life. What they can cause is - you guessed it - unknown.

      We are in cold and flu season. Being immune suppressed, I am acutely aware of this I can hear a cough or sneeze two blocks away. And the throat is a virtual Petri dish which cultures every bacterium, virus and fungi known, as well as those unknown types! Even hear of "Thrush"? Candida Albicans. A fungus that is normal in our mouths and throats, but becomes a problem when our immune system fails to control it. Same with many others.

      Too early to freak out, and all of this might be gone by the time you get in to see doctor.

      9 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I have had these types of things pop up too. In every case but 3, and I've probably had hundreds of things over the last 30 years that I didn't know what it was, and suspected the worst, they have all taken care of themselves. It's hard to not freak out, but it's something we have to live with every day from the first day you are diagnosed for the first time. We have good reason to be concerned, I just try to tell myself that most likely, this is going to be nothing, just like most of the other things that have popped up to give me a scare. I wish you lots of nothing in with this!

      9 days ago
    • Molly72's Avatar
      Molly72

      Several years ago, I had a pre-cancerous tumor of my Parotid Gland. (saliva producing)
      It was removed by surgery, and I had no symptoms at all to warn me. It was discovered through a CAT scan for another cancer.
      If through a biopsy, yours needs to be removed, get in touch with me & I can give you the details of what is involved.
      No need to worry till something positive is found.

      9 days ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      Sorry about the discomfort and worry you are going through. I have not had salivary cancer but years ago did have a salivary stone. It caused both discomfort and swelling of the lymph node on the side affected. My doctor was able to crush the stone, no surgery needed and thankfully I have never had another one. I know it is difficult to wait but try not to freak out. Your symtoms may very well have nothing to do with cancer.

      9 days ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar
      banditwalker

      I just had a Warthins tumor removed. That is a tumor on your Parotid gland (salivary gland). Biopsy was inconclusive so removal was suggested. Surgery sounded scary. After doing some research on here, I found some people have had permanent paralysis of the face because of sloppy surgery. Well, I was lucky (I also was at a very high rated cancer center). Tumor was benign as were the lymph nodes they removed. I have no paralysis at all. I will remain numb probably for the rest of my life. Trying to get my earring in is a trip. Can't feel my earlobe. Scars are minimal.

      I don't mean to freak you out.

      I had no symptoms before hand, it was found from a CT scan for something else.

      Any who, what I am trying to say is all turned out OK.

      8 days ago
    • Molly72's Avatar
      Molly72

      Banditwalker--- I had my surgery about 7 years ago & still have numbness on my neck & face near my ear. This is permanent. Have something called "First Bite" syndrome of well, but that is not as bad as it used to be. I do have an ugly scar on my neck.
      I no longer wear earrings or necklaces!! Oh well!!

      8 days ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar
      banditwalker

      #Molly72, sorry to hear that. Maybe they have made some strides in this kind of surgery. Plus, I am using Mederma cream. It is working great on the scar. I'm thinking of having a tattoo done on my neck seeings how I'm numb. Ha!

      8 days ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      Hi! I had a parotid gland infection. It happened after some dental work. The side of my face was red and warm to the touch. Ended up in the ER followed by lots and lots of follow up appointment. It was pretty uncomfortable. They saw the infection on a CT scan. I was also running a fever. Fortunately it did clear up. But my main symptoms were swelling, redness, warm to the touch and a fever. Let us know how it goes.

      6 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Molly, my right side is numb from ear down to my Adam's apple. That was from the radical neck dissection I had on my right side.

      6 days ago

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