Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the salivary glands (I write from Italy)
Hello to you all.
I am an Italian woman, 49 years old and I found this forum with the hope of talking to someone who had my condition.
I hope it is understandable what I write because I use online translator.
In Italy there are few people who have had this type of cancer ... maybe because rare or because Italy is a small country.
In December 2012 I did surgery to remove eighth molar included and benign cyst, but it turned out to be a low-grade mucoepidermoid carcinoma in a minor salivary gland in the retromolar area.
I'll tell you how it went:
The cyst had been present for 2 or maybe 3 years.
The dentists were convinced it was an inflammation caused by a molar tooth included .... for the sake a maxillofacial surgeon did a biopsy in July 2012 that turned out strangely negative!
But in November, during surgery to remove this cyst (diagnosis: mucocele), the definitive histological examination found instead that it was a well-differentiated mucoepidermoid carcinoma of low grade.
Second operation performed to widen margins free of tumor. (2 microleakage found in the neighboring tissue).
The surgeons have assured me that this tumor is controlled very well and hardly can cause distant metastasis.
I'll have to do periodic checks for life, but no chemotherapy or radio.
I'm still worried that this thing was there for a few years and have only examined tac dentalscan, no PET or ultrasound for now.
I wonder if you can tell me about your experiences and if after the first surgery, you have been operated several times because of local recurrence and if this has happened to you in that area relapses occurred?
How did they diagnosed?
with a visit or ultrasound examinations or tac?
thank you very much
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