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Acinic Cell Carcinoma of the Parotid Gland

KathyBr
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Joined: Apr 2009

I would like to talk with anyone else that has been diagnosed with this type of cancer. My results were stage 2.. please read my story to find out more about me and my diagnosis.

Clairon
Posts: 1
Joined: May 2009

hello Kathy
I'm far away from you (I'm french)but apparently, cancer knows no border...
I've been in surgery for this type of cancer twice. the first one in february 2009, the second one a week ago to remove my lymph nodes. I'm still waiting for the results : I see the doctor tomorrow and I have to say I'm kind of worried.
The big question for me is : will I have to submit myself to radiations ? As i'm still waiting, I find it very hard to schedule anything professionnal or for summer vacation, I feel stuck in present, it's very uneasy.
Good luck to you
Au revoir
Claire

marla74
Posts: 2
Joined: May 2009

Hi Claire,
I have to say I have never been to france and no french in my language.
Can you please tell me what kind of surgrey you underwent in Feb 2009 and why did they go back and take the lymph nodes?
My surgrey was done by an ENT and the mass was a parotid on left ear area. She called with the path information and it came back as a acinic cell carcinoma which she nor her partner who did the surgrey together nearly 3 hours because of so many facial nerves involved however she said that no blood vessels were involved.
I am planning to see an ONCO regarding radiation - but I have been reading that there are 3 types and am totaly unclear which would best option. I am T1 - lowgrade but the chances of coming back are great. I have several types of cancer on both sides of family..JUNK genes what a bummer.
I am 54 WF in Dallas Tx area so have many great hospitals and DRs. just way to much to take in and research to make the right decsion.....
Thanks so much for reading,

Marla

LarrySurvivor6
Posts: 5
Joined: Dec 2009

Cleveland Clinic is the best I have had 6 cancers you think you got bad genes My cancers are all seperate and rare I had radiation No pain but the aftereffacts wil be challanging

marla74
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Joined: May 2009

I had a parotid mass removed last week ENT felt good that all was removed - well path came back as acinic cell carcinoma - will see the DR. in the am for stitches to be removed and talk about the path report - Any sugestions?? have been reading that radiation is good follow up but difference in opinion about types of radiation. I am 54 WF in Dallas Tx area have many great hospitals to choose from so not worried about where to go just what to do....

Ms. Pam
Posts: 2
Joined: Jul 2010

I had a lump removed in February behind my right ear and it was Acenic Cell also. My Dr thought he removed it all and just wants to see me every three months and every six to get an MRI. No radiation he recommended. He is wonderful! I am confident it may not come back.

sanpieter
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Joined: Jun 2009

Hi Kathy,

I had a parotidectomy and a tumor removed on 26 Feb, this year. The biopsy showed the tumor to be benign, and it was only after the operation that the diagnoses of ACC was made.
The cancer was on my right side, in the corner under my ear. Because the margins were not clear, I had to have Radiotherapy. I had 20 treatments since 20 May. The last one was two weeks ago. The first week of RT was o.k.,but since the second week I was nausious, and my blood pressure fell, so that I could not stay upright for longer than a few minutes at a time. It is only better for the last few days, but I still have to use anti-nausia meds from time to time. My mouth was a mess, since the second week. Half of my tongue felt and looked as though it was cooked, and the rest of my mouth was full of blisters and ulcers. It is getting better now. Miraculously, my skin was not damaged al all. It was red during treatment, but is as good as new now.
I think I had electron RT. I could make sure about that. We read about neutron therapy, and asked about it, but the oncologist said they stopped using that in the UK, since it was too destructive.
Please feel free to ask anything you want to know. You are welcome to use my e-mail too.It seems ACC is so rare, one struggles to find people who have experience of it.
Hope You are well soon, San

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Melissa_Mae
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Joined: Dec 2009

Kathy
It seems you have been dealing with this a little while and there's not alot out there. I found out this week that I have acenic cell after my tumor was removed from my parotid. Sounds similar, it was wrapped around my facial nerve. I'm still healing from surgery but will have to make a treatment decision soon and was wondering what you decided to do. My choices are radiation and neutron laser therapy. Any suggestions or advice as I begin this process? Thanks!

Stevito
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Joined: Jan 2013

Dear Melissa,

I know it's been a while since you posted to Kathy but 4 months I was diagnosed with the exact same Cancer scenario as you. My parotid gland was removed and I have just recently completed a 30day IMRT Radiotherapy course.

Can you advise what post operation treatment you finally ended up doing and also tell me (after 3 yers now) how you are doing? Do you have regular check ups? MRI / PET CT Scans / etc...?

As you know, this cancer is so rare that there is little information out there so I really appreciate this website and connecting with fellow patients.

Thanks,

Stevito

Stevito
Posts: 2
Joined: Jan 2013

Dear Melissa,

I know it's been a while since you posted to Kathy but 4 months I was diagnosed with the exact same Cancer scenario as you. My parotid gland was removed and I have just recently completed a 30day IMRT Radiotherapy course.

Can you advise what post operation treatment you finally ended up doing and also tell me (after 3 yers now) how you are doing? Do you have regular check ups? MRI / PET CT Scans / etc...?

As you know, this cancer is so rare that there is little information out there so I really appreciate this website and connecting with fellow patients.

Thanks,

Stevito

Joanne1
Posts: 1
Joined: Mar 2010

I had a parotidectomy April 16, 2009. Almost a year. Yes the tumor came back as acinec cell carcinoma and the doctor knew that when it was removed. The Pathology report confirmed it. He removed the whole parotid gland. Recovery was very quick and I felt good. On June 1st I started radiation treatment. 33 treatmens in all. I had a red mark on my cheek and neck, I lost some hair on one side of the nape of my neck but Ihave enough hair to cover it. My neck was purple and had a sore on it but that all subsided very quickly. Now almost a year has gone by and I'm feeling a lot of pain in my neck at the incision part. It seems that my neck is protruding out and it is very sensitive to touch. I am still numb there and understand that will always be but I certainly can feel the pain. I go back on April 5th for a follow up and I'll see what he says. A pet scan right after the radiation showed no more cancer but why the pain.

lacey_blair
Posts: 5
Joined: Mar 2010

Can anyone tell me what types of symtoms they had before they found out they had this cancer? I have been getting extreme swelling and aching pain in this area for a few months, and sometimes so bad that I can't open my mouth, or close it to chew. I am going in for an MRI tomorrow, and not sure if anything will show up.

cope
Posts: 2
Joined: Feb 2010

Acinic cell cancer discovered of paratoid gland in November 2009. Surgery scheduled after Biopsy,blood tests, CT, and MRI. Surgery scheduled January 18th 2010. Only symptoms was the inability to swallow a large vitamin pill; no pain or swelling or anything out of that nature occurred - nothing out of the ordinary. The only reason it was discovered was the fact that I work in a medical facility and my mouth was being swabbed for H1N1 as a safty protocol for paients. At that time itwas discovered that I had a mass in the roof of my soft palate. This occured on November 16th to be exact. I had removal of soft palate, uvula. I now have an obturator which enables me to speak. Without it my speech is awful. Trying to get along with my life. Was out of work for a little more than 3 months. Additionally, I am in no pain I can smell, I can eat anything I like (with the oburator in) I had no radiation or chemotherapy because the surgery consisted of tapering off clear margins so that any microscopic lesion would be destroyed or taken out. I am just three months out of surgery, and prayfully it does not reoccur.

Roger_9
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Joined: Dec 2010

This is probably a moot response given the elapse of time since you posted.
The first thing I noticed was a small lump below/behind the ear. My regular GP dismissed it upon my 1st 2 inquiries, even though I told him I suspected it was in or near the parotid gland. After several months, it was occasionally slightly painful. Fortunately, I consulted an ENT upon advice of my chiropractor, and the ENT immediately diagnosed it correctly as a parotid tumor.

So any swelling in the region of the parotid or other salivary glands that persists for more than a few days should be checked out by someone such as an ENT specialist. They can then order an MRI or CT, and/or do a Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) for preliminary biopsy, though these are not always conclusive and there is at least to some minds uncertainty about the comparative benefit/risk of doing them.

Keep in mind that some/many parotid tumors will be benign and that certainly not all such swellings will be tumors.

Dempton
Posts: 2
Joined: Jun 2010

Last July I had a right parodectomy. I found out I had acc on friday and was in surgery on Tuesday. It was a painfull lump on the right side at the corner of my jaw under my ear. I had no symptoms ( besides the pain when pushed on). I did not have to have any radiation, and i was back to work in three weeks. I feel very fortunate. I feel that my second son being on the way then saved my life.

God bless,

Dempton
Posts: 2
Joined: Jun 2010

I still have numbness around incision site and into my face. Does anyone else have this? Also, I have been trying to find more info about acc. I would like info and not statistics. Has anyone found a good resource? Thanks

dwall1
Posts: 1
Joined: Jul 2010

I had ACC removed in 2003, my tumor surrounded portions of the facial nerve and the surgeon had to cut part of it. I have regained the motor function but the sensory function on the entire right side of my face and a good sized portion of my neck is gone and has been numb for the past 7 yrs. I do not have any pain though. This may be the same case for you, just wanted to share my experience.

patrickarendt
Posts: 1
Joined: Jun 2010

In Nov. of 2007 I had a ACC tumor removed. After surgery had six weeks of radiation. Have experienced pain in my face ever since. No more cancer as of this date.

Roger_9
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Joined: Dec 2010

The numbness is probably the result of a "tweaking" of the facial nerve during the surgery. I had superficial parotidectomy w/ preservation of facial nerve in Oct, 2007. Even though the surgeon took pains to protect the nerve, there was some residual numbness like yours for a long time thereafter. It has "gradually" receded, though it has not yet completely disappeared, and various stimuli can give weird sensations in that nerve. It is not (in my view) a serious matter, compared with the issues of the cancer itself.

Re. the latter, one site I recommend visiting is www.aciniccell.org . It was put together by a person named Edgar Stroke, who recently passed away, and is an excellent compilation of info though admittedly not complete. He also initiated a mail-list forum on AcCC , hosted at the ACOR.ORG website. (Search for the Acinic-Cell mail list.) That one has been in operation for a long time and there's probably a lot of info bound up in the archives of messages, as subsribers (patients and their family/friends) are both interested in getting and sharing info.

MsJo
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Joined: Dec 2011

I am commenting on your message. Alot later but, have the been diagnosed w acinic cell carcinoma of the perotid gland and had tumor removed April 2011. Tumor was low grade and 5 lymph nodes were benign. Two Drs recommended no radiation and 2 were for radiation. As of this time I have not had radiation. My Hd and neck surgeon rec not and has been following up w me every couple of months just checking me. Now 2nd opinion from oncologist at another facility is recommending ct scans and chest x-rays every 6 mos. or radiation treatments. But it has been 9 mos. since surgery. I am trying to make a decision soon and am concerned because they had done a needle biopsy 2 and a half mos. before the surgery so am concerned about spreading of the cancer cells through the bloodstream. Is there anyone w this form of cancer that could tell me about their experience, or opinion on needle biopsy, wish I hadn't had it? Its a rare bird, would appreciate some input. Good luck and prayers to all of you dealing with cancer of any kind. Had noticed you were 54 in Dallas area, and was curious what facility you found that deals w this kind of cancer. Thanks,Ms Jo 54 in central Texas.

ScarlettInTangles
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Joined: Dec 2011

I was diagnosed with ACC in August. (Right perotid gland) I had it removed almost 2 weeks ago. Today I got a call from my doctor saying that the unanimous vote was to monitor the area for regrowth. I was told that some cancer cells still remained in my facial nerve. The reason they've decided not to go through with radiation was that I am only 25. My Doctor said, that had I been 50 he would have chosen radiation in a heart beat. Because I am so young I'm expected to live for quite a while, radiation can have horrible side effects after a while. Someone who is 50 isn't likely to live long enough to deal with the long term side-effects.. that's how it was explained to me anyway. My tumor was found to be stage 2, the lymph nodes that were removed and tested were not infected.

ScarlettInTangles
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Joined: Dec 2011

If anyone would like to get in touch with me they can find me on facebook. Scarlettintangles@gmail.com

Canuckie
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Joined: Jan 2012

I felt my second bump near the bottom of my right ear in August 2011. I had a previous surgery to remove another noncancerous tumor in 2010. A FNA in September of 2011 said it was not cancer but there was some abnormality, so my ENT and I decided on surgery. On December 16th I had the tumor, and only the tumore removed. My surgeon did not remove more because he and I did not think that it was cancer. Three days before Christmas I got the results of ACC. I had a PET scan and MRI's and just saw an ENT oncologist at a univeristy hospital near me. The new doctor is now recommending a third surgery to remove the entire parotid and test the surrounding tissue to make sure that there is not more cancer. My original surgeon recommended radiation, but everyone else disagrees since I am only 32 years old. Now to make the decision whether or not a third and more extensive surgery is what I want to do.

cindy.gilmore
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Joined: May 2012

Have you had any luck speaking with anyone in the same situation as you? My sister has had this three times and has recently been diagnosed for a fourth time. Please contact me...I would love to connect the two of you so you can talk. cindy.gilmore@hotmail.com

grandmabear101
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Joined: Jan 2012

Last year, I, also, had a tumor slowly growing, for 10 years, under my right ear. When it was discovered 7 years ago, they said it was benign so I put off surgry for 3 yrs, until it become very noticable and uncomfortable. I was 41 when I had it removed. After 3 hrs of surgery, docs found it was ACC, told my husband that he was going back to remove lymph nodes and 'clean out' what he can,making the surgry 5 hrs. He also recommended 6 wks of radiation. Everyday, I laid on a table with a special made mask holding my head still. It wasnt painful and I was done in 10 minutes. I did get a dry, sore mouth and was a little tired. Lots of water and protein! Radiation was a small sacrifice to ensure removing all the cancer. Tho, I dont remember anyone mentioning the long term effects of radiation. I am a young 42, and now a bit concerned about what these effects might be. I still have the numbness,(sensitive to touch), but not painful. Now I need to follow up yearly.

bigtrixi
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Joined: Jan 2012

I had an unidentified mass behind my left ear in 1990. It was removed and diagnosed as an acinic cell tumor. Back then it was not classified as cancer (probably because it is so rare and they did not have enough data) For a year after that I had to go to the hospital every six week for a sort of screening. Again this reflects that the doctors did not really know how to proceed.In one of the screenings it seemed that the tumar had come back but the new stuff was luckily diagnosed as internal scar tissue
A little more than 22 years have elapsed now.It has not come back so far and I hope it never will.

All the best to you lot.

maurageor
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Joined: Mar 2012

Hello to all! My daddy was diagnosed with breast cancer (which I now think it may have been ACC after all) in 1998 and then diagnosed with ACC in Dec 2008. He got surgery, no treatment, came back in Feb 2009, this time he got 2nd surgery and radiation. To my knowledge he never went back to oncologist until Sept of 2010 because my Daddy's liver enzymes were elevated (he would go to Mexico to check his labs on a motnhly basis). Same dr who did not have him come back for regular check ups told him to wait a couple of mos. Daddy went back and insisted on a pet scan and he finally got it March 2011. Unfortunately, the cancer had spread to lungs and bones. He went to MD Anderson in Houston, TX for treatment and he tried a couple of phase 1 clinical trials. The first one reduced cancer 20% in lungs, but he ended up with kidney failure which he recovered from. He tried a second treatment, but the cancer in the lung progressed. He lost his battle a couple of weeks ago. MD Anderson was a great facility to be treated in, his doctor was Pia-Paul in the Center for Targeted Therapy, she tried and did her best to find treatments for my Daddy. From reading your stories, all I can tell you is to be diligent about check ups, every 3 mos, to keep an eye on it and be persistent with the doctors. In my experience it is KEY with this type of rare cancer. The best for you on dealing with this disease. I hope my Daddy's enrollment in the trials will end up helping one of you.... :)

cindy.gilmore
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Joined: May 2012

Hi, my sister now has this for the fourth time. She is at MD Anderson as well and about to start the clinical trials. She may have contacted you all ready but just in case she has not...My sister is only 30 years old. Her battle started at the age of 14. Our family is starting a non-profit to raise money for acc and need to speak with people who have had it. I know this was your father that had it but maybe you could still talk with us and help us??? I hope to hear from hear you, i can tell you more about her. please email me cindy.gilmore@hotmail.com or call 713-857-5255

ACCme
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Joined: Aug 2012

I've been scrolling through the posts and seen this is the most recent post.I wanted to ask,how is your sister?I was diagnosed with acc 9 moths ago,had partidectomy and as of 1 week ago ct scan shows no cancer(btw I had a biopsy several months prior to surgery and it showed benign but inconclusive.Mine was contained in the gland,had not metas.so I feel extremely fortunate at this time.I lost my mother on July 23rd to pancan (pancreatic cancer) and watched her from day one (for about 14 months) slowly wither away,so dealing with this has been extremely stressful to say the least.I hope this post finds your situation better than it was.Please let me know.

P.S.I wanted to reach out and ask if anyone has knowledge of any acc patients that acquired acc through contaminated drinking water?Thanks for any input.

beboacc
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Joined: Apr 2012

I am looking for others that this has moved to the Lungs.

His started in the Salivary Glands in 2005, those were removed, then the Left Temporal Bone was eaten away by tumors (2012), with most of the surrounding dura. Both times they did 32 rounds of radiation.

Odd they said it never would have spread from his Salivary to his Brain area so they think now he had 2 hot spots, but I don't know about that. I cannot find much on this but it can show up in the temporal bones of the skull.

They found 2 spots in his lungs they are watching. He is seen every 3 months as this cancer seems to get really aggressive in a short period of time.

So far so good, I cannot believe how well he has done but he has suffered so much.

He was in construction, for 30+ years, now retired. His family is showing signs of Cancer as they age, but all different.

He never smoked, drank, or did anything in excess. Drs. just say Bad Luck.

If you have not pushed for full body scans, I would consider doing that, they would never have looked at his lungs if he had not been complaining of stomach issues and he went for 9 months complaining of a tingling in his left cheek until the tumor became viseable in the temple, they only did one MRI 6 months prior so fight for yourself.

Any thoughts are welcome.

Thanks!

wls-canada
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Joined: Nov 2012

Hello beboacc. Very sorry to hear of you and your husband's difficulties.

I had ACC (thought at time to be stage 3) in a minor salivary gland removed by surgery in early 2003, followed by radiation. That tumour is completely gone, no sign of recurrance. The usual aftereffects - dry mouth and some loss of facial sensation on that side. Plus I can't really grow a beard now, not that either I or my wife are complaining about that. Very minor, doesn't affect my quality of life.

Like your husband, there were no risk factors - I've never smoked or been near smokers, never was in proximity to toxic materials, and was in good physical health.

We found multiple small metastasis in both lungs in September of this year (2012). Quite an unpleasant shock, as we thought this was long past, but it appears that the primary had metastasized way back in 2002, before it was removed and nuked. It had only grown to a clinically detectable stage in this last year. So, obviously it is very, very slow growing. While cost of any potential therapy is not really a concern (I live in Canada), the oncologist advises that there is no current treatment available or recommended (typical of a slow cancer that has spread too far for radiation or surgery). Next CT is in December and if it shows no change, then the recommended course of action is just to keep up my general health since that has been the effective inhibitor (it's worked for the past decade....) If it grows fast, then they would try chemo. Obviously, I'll be continuing to hope for a more effective medical treatment to develop in the future. And in the meantime, staying healthy, and also looking into self-complementary oncology therapies such as The Healing Journey program that originated at the Princess Margaret hospital.

Best wishes, best of luck, and prayers.

Levijm
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Joined: Jan 2013

Hi, 

I read that your sisters battle started at 14 and like her I was diagnosed at 16. I am 24 now and have two kids but recently I have had a tender knot to appear in the same place as my last cyst and it seems to slowly be getting bigger. I recently had a PET scan in 2012 and was all clear and now I think 5yrs after my last surgery it has returned. I feel like I have a golf ball on the side of my neck.. I have Frey's syndrome associated with the surgerys and I am curious to hear more about yours sisters experience.

Slegs
Posts: 3
Joined: Jan 2013

Levijm, 

Have you followed-up with your physician regarding the lump that has reappeared?  If you haven't, please do and INSIST they take aggressive measures to identify exactly what it is.  To my knowledge, this type of tumor has a greater likelihood of reoccurring in the first 5-7 years after initial removal/treatment compared to reoccurring decades later, although the later is one of the characteristics of this type of tumor.

My aggressive approach with f/u has lead me to remove any cyst-type lump that has appeared on my body (i.e., the bottom of my foot).   

Best of luck.

Slegs
Posts: 3
Joined: Jan 2013

Levijm, 

Have you followed-up with your physician regarding the lump that has reappeared?  If you haven't, please do and INSIST they take aggressive measures to identify exactly what it is.  To my knowledge, this type of tumor has a greater likelihood of reoccurring in the first 5-7 years after initial removal/treatment compared to reoccurring decades later, although the later is one of the characteristics of this type of tumor.

My aggressive approach with f/u has lead me to remove any cyst-type lump that has appeared on my body (i.e., the bottom of my foot).   

Best of luck.

Slegs
Posts: 3
Joined: Jan 2013

Hello!  I saw your post and wanted to reach out and offer any assistance, as you mentioned you want to talk with those who have had ACC.  I was diagnosed at 14y/o, had a full parodidectomy of salvia glands and all surrounding lymph nodes.  I'm pleased to say that there has been no reoccurrence since, and that was 20 years ago.  My follow-up care has been quite aggressive...I see my ENT every year and alternate chest exrays and CT scans yearly, just for safe measure.  Due to the slow growth of this type of tumor, early detection is best.

When first diagnosed, my pediatrician at the time let the lump on my neck go and told us it was just swolen lymph nodes associated with puberty.  It wasn't until a year later my mother insisted it be biopsied (the lump started to hurt and I was having consistent migraines).  Thankfully, the surgeon who did the biopsy recognized this was something far beyond his capabilities, sewed me up and referred me to a specialist.  Thankfully, we lived close enough to Mayo Clinic, which at the time, Dr. David Olsen (sp?) was the #1 surgeon in the world for this type of cancer.

Recovery was awful.  I was out of school for 2 months, and the facial paralysis eventually subsided, although there are still hints of it that only I notice.  I also have Frey's syndrome, which is more of an annoyance than anything.  Years ago I also encountered a problem with my slavia duct spontaneously getting clogged, which would cause the right side of my face (the side I also had my surgery on) swell up to be 3x the size of my left side.  The first time this happened we rushed to the ER not knowing what was going on.  With a quick look we were told it was a clogged duct and sucking on a lemon drop would fix it...and it did.  It happened a couple times after that but it's been 10 years since it's happened.

I still see the same ENT I saw for follow-up after the initial surgery 20 years ago.  We have developed a fantastic patient-Dr relationship and he keeps me apprised of any and all latest research findings related to this cancer.  Again, because of it's rare nature,  to my knowledge, there's still no answer to the "Why me?" question.  If you or any one else reading this know's differently, I would be very interested in hearing more.

ladycat
Posts: 2
Joined: Mar 2013

Hello Kathy

I had the same cancer of the parotid gland that you did.  Acinic cell carcinoma.  I had the surgery 8 months ago.  My face still swells and I have frey syndrome and my ear has nerve issues with burning sensation.  How are you doing?

ladycat
Posts: 2
Joined: Mar 2013

Has anyone after parotid gland surgery (acinic cell carcinoma) experience nerve damage 24/7 ear burning?  I was told nerves came back upside down?

JayPeeDee
Posts: 1
Joined: Oct 2013

I went into the doctor three weeks ago concerning constant headaches. I then asked my doctor should I be concerned about the small bump under my right ear. He, very unprofessionally told me that it looked like it was Hodgkins Disease and refered me to a specialist. I met with the specialist, he said it was inappropriate for the previous doctor to diagnose me with that and he proceeded to tell me it was probably just an infection from a wisdom tooth removal. Last week, I met with the specialist to get a CT Scan as well as a biopsy done. Without actually testing the fluids they got from my biopsy, the doctor came back and told me it was simply an infection and he proceeded to give me a prescription for anti biotics. Tuesday, I got a call from this same doctor who tells me he got the results back from my biopsy and I have a rare cancer called Acinic Cell Carcinoma. I was upset and did not have much to say to him. He apologized and scheduled me to meet with him next week.

 

I have a few questions.

First, I am 21 years old, never had any medical conditions and I have never experienced this before. I am a college student and far from home which is only making it worse. I want to know, from other people who have been diagnosed with this, did you go to another doctor for a second opinion? I am questioning whether or not I should trust the validity of my current doctor due to the fact that he is very cocky and tells me incorrect information without first testing what needs to be tested. I did not appreciate being told one thing, that it was just a simple infection, then being told the following week that I have cancer.

 

Second,

To anyone who has had this surgery done, how long was the recovery process? As I mentioned I am in college, my last year and I do not know if I should deal with this after I graduate or what. Everyone is telling me my health is more important, but I do not feel that way. I feel that I have come so close to getting my degree that I have worked so hard for that I do not want to have to stop. I'm currently in panic mode if you could not tell. I am so confused on what to do about this situation.

If anyone can provide information about their own experience with this I would really appreciate it.

Thank you so much!

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