Salivary gland cancer

Salivary gland cancer is cancer that starts in any of the salivary glands. These glands produce spit and are located under the tongue and in the throat.

Cancer that starts in the salivary glands is very rare. The most common symptom of salivary gland cancer is a lump on the side of the jaw or under the chin.

Read about head and neck cancers including salivary gland cancer for more information.

At The Christie, the head and neck cancer team treat salivary gland cancer. The Christie is also a lead referral site in the UK for patients with salivary gland cancers that have spread elsewhere in the body. This is called secondary cancer (metastases).

Last updated: August 2022