Submandibular gland transfer for preservation of salivary function

Canadian Coordinating Office for Health Technology Assessment
Record ID 32004000642
English, French
Authors' objectives:

To summarize the available information on submandibular gland transfer, a surgical procedure during which one of these glands is repositioned into the submental space of the lower jaw in order to shield the gland from most of the radiation administered during treatment for cancers of the head and neck, thereby maintaining its salivary function.

Authors' recommendations: The preliminary study results of submandibular gland transfer look promising. This surgical procedure may improve the quality of life and health of many head and neck cancer patients after radiation therapy. Clinical trials to determine the advantages of the procedure and its effect on other health outcomes, particularly long-term survival, are ongoing.
Authors' methods: Overview
Project Status: Completed
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Year Published: 2004
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms
  • Radiation Injuries
  • Submandibular Gland
  • Xerostomia
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