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Tumor Statistics


Diagram Of Facial Nerve


Do List - Before surgery


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Pre-Op Survey

170 people have provided answers to pre-op questions.  Bench mark yourself against them. Age, gender, health, etc.

Post-Op Survey

Read what they have to say after the operation.




Building a Web Page


The links below relate to parotid tumors and the parotid surgical procedure called a parotidectomy.  I found many of these links in search of information for my own use both before and after my own surgery for the removal of a benign parotid tumor called pleomorphic adenoma. 

The Links in the gray box on the left relate to my own experiences. You will also find a Bulletin Board  there where you can exchange correspondence with myself as well as others.  More than 40,000 messages with great information have been posted there.  You may find comfort in being able to talk to others who have experienced what you are going through.

Warning! Don't try to diagnose yourself.  Have your family doctor refer you to an ENT (Ear Nose Throat) office.


eneral Information on Benign Parotid Gland Tumors

My Rendering of Facial Nerve and Parotid Gland

Another good diagram of facial nerves and parotid

Andy's Site - Andy's web site describes his experiences with the removal of a cyst as well as a ????

Infections and Disorders of Salivary Glands

HealthyMe - Good general description and diagram of incision.

Head and Neck Examination (submitted by Raz)

A Tutorial On The Facial Nerve Anatomy - Skip ahead to page six and print the written description.  Then go back to page 4 and view the nerves of the cadaver. View the page numbers in your browsers URL box.

Description Of Parotidectomy and Artistic Renderings - This site gets good reviews from the people on the forum.  It is preferred over the next two sites below because of the artistic renderings as opposed to the actual photos. Thanks to Deborah for submitting the site.

Gross Surgery Photo's - Good description of the surgery by a doctor but you need a strong stomach.

Video of Parotidectomy Surgery - Link Submitted by Bill

Pre-op Information - From the university of Minnesota,  What to expect regarding surgery.  A breif description.

Great Description of FNA Procedure - Provided by Tim

Occurrence Rate Of Salivary Gland Tumors (submitted by Tim)

Benign mixed tumor & Metastasizing benign mixed tumors (This link from Puter)

History and Statistics of Parotid Tumors

MRI and Picture of Patient Before Surgery

Dr. Answers Question For Parotid Tumor Patient

Slide Presentation on Various Tumors of the Parotid

University of Texas site, A Lot of Good Info on Parotid Tumors and The FNA

Oncocytoma - A rare benign tumor of the parotid


Lymph Node Information

Location Of Lymph Nodes Around Face (submitted by Raz)


Parotid Stone and Other Parotid Issues

Treatment for Stones

Sjogren’s syndrome and sialoadenitis



Jackson-Pratt Drain - This link describes the drain that is sometimes used to drain the wound.


Frey Syndrome


Face Lift Information

What is a face lift

What to expect afterwards


Cat Scratch Fever - Good idea to check out these links.  A Few readers have reported being diagnosed with a tumor when it was actually Cat Scratch Fever


Cancer of the Parotid Gland

Links On Salivary Gland Cancer - Roxanne provided this

Information on malignant parotid tumors and testing - submitted by Janeen. Use the e-medicine search for other great information on parotid tumors as well.

Description of many of the tumor types and treatments

Medical Site Listing Types of Salivary Gland Cancers - Submitted by Roxanne

Head and Neck Cancer Site - Submitted by Mary Jo

Acinic Cell Carcinoma - This site is dedicated to ACC.  It is maintained by Ed Stroke, a 20 year ACC patient.  Ed has spent a great deal of time doing research on the subject.

Acinic Cell Carcinoma Email Group - A second site by Ed Stroke

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma - A lot of good information here.  Includes anatomy of head and neck.

PubMed - Abstracts, Abstracts, Abstracts.......This site has 120 of them on Parotid Gland Tumors and Treatments.  Here is how it works.  From the abstract this link takes you to, change the DISPLAY to "Related Articles".  Then press the display button and you will see all the other abstracts.

non-Hodgkin's lymphoma - Read David's story on the forum.  If you have experience with nHL I'm sure he would like to exchange information with you.

CancerNet1 - Stages of salivary gland cancer

CancerNet2 - Oral complications of radiation and chemical treatment of salivary gland cancer.

E-Medicine - Description of various cancers of the parotid gland.  Includes information on treatments as well as "reconstruction" to fill in the dent. Plastic Surgery, University of Florida.

Parotid Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma - A daughters account of her fathers fight with cancer.  A sad story.  Don't go there unless you are prepared.

Stats on Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma Grading - link provided by greg w

Story From An Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Patient In The U.K. - Very Well Written, Happy Ending


Information on Radiation Treatment to Head and Neck

University of Florida - I visited here after seeing two other Radiation Oncology Hospitals.  The University of Florida seems to have a great program.

IMRT - Submitted by Bill in Atlanta

I met with this guy


Bulletin Board Visitor's Who Have Reported Recurrences or Radiation Treatments

Julie(4+RT), Carol, Lotti(3), Linda, Dwight(2), Glamaris Gonzalez(3 +RT), Susan H (RT), Ruth (4), Jennifer (4), Diana (4), Vickie (3), mbs (4), Bill (1+IMRT in Atlanta), Brenda(2), Rebecca (2), Liz (2 +RT, 14yrs), Patricia (RT), Tara (9), alice delong (6), Vickie (2), Chris G (RT), Mandy 3 (RT), Carrie (RT), Gramps (RT), Bill Robins (RT), Ken (3), Jennifer (3) Lucinda Cockrell(3), Mary E (3)

RT = Radiation Treatments, (#) = Number of Recurrences