home
RSS
May 4th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

Beastie Boy's death: What is salivary gland cancer?

It's extremely rare for people to be diagnosed with salivary gland cancer. Most Americans who get it are older than 55.

Adam Yauch, better known as "MCA" of the Beastie Boys, died Friday at age 47 after having cancer for nearly three years.  Yauch was one of the few younger patients diagnosed with the disease.

Related: Beastie Boy rapper 'MCA' dies

Two adults in 100,000 are diagnosed with salivary gland cancer per year, according to the American Cancer Society.

"Parotid cancers are fairly unusual in general but it can appear in individuals of all ages," said Dr. Amy Chen, a head and neck cancer surgeon at Emory University in Atlanta. "It’s just in general, parotid cancer is very rare."

Yauch said in July 2009 that he first noticed a lump in his throat “like you have swollen glands.”

Marquee: Remembering the Beastie Boys' greatest hits

Marquee: Celebs devastated by tragic news

He announced he would have surgery within a week, followed by nearly two months of localized radiation treatment. He said the cancer was also in a lymph node. The survival rate depends on whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. If it hasn't, the five-year estimated rate of survival (Stage I) is 91%. If it has spread far from the glands (Stage IV), the rate is 39%.

Watch video of Yauch talking about his diagnosis.

"I always advise individuals that if you have a lump in your neck or a mass that is growing in size and it hasn’t gone away after two weeks, that you should seek medical attention for it," Chen said. "If the doctor prescribes antibiotics for it and it isn’t getting better, then you need to find another doctor."

If surgeons can't completely remove the cancer from the gland it can spread to the lungs and other parts of the body, she said.

Because the cancer is rare, it has been difficult for researchers to figure out what causes it. There are a few risk factors, the cancer society says, one of which is having radiation treatment to the head and neck for other medical reasons. Workplace exposure may also increase risk.

"We don’t find any relation to smoking or alcohol use like some other head, neck, throat cancers," Chen said. "It’s really a little bit of an unknown to what the risk factors are for developing this disease."

Most salivary gland cancers form in one of the parotid glands, as Yauch’s did, just in front of the ears. It is a difficult surgery to remove the cancerous cells, because the facial nerve goes through the parotid, according to the cancer society website.

The site says both surgical methods and radiation treatments have improved in recent years.  Unfortunately, targeted drugs have not been very effective against salivary gland cancer.

Post by:
Filed under: Cancer • Celebrity Health

soundoff (994 Responses)
  1. RV Toilets Near Me

    Everything is very open with a really clear description of the issues. It was really informative. Your website is very useful. Thanks for sharing!

    http://meteorite.lamost.org/modules/links/redirect.php?url=https://listofscholarships.net/2019/02/01/two-full-scholarships-for-undergraduate-international-students-at-westminster-university/

    May 19, 2021 at 23:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Video Marketing Specialist

    Saved as a favorite, I like your site!

    http://dir.tetsumania.net/search/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=3267&url=http://nearmyspot.com

    May 20, 2021 at 02:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Internet Marketing Businesses

    http://fishbiz.seagrant.uaf.edu/click-thru.html?url=https://bestshopnearme.com

    May 20, 2021 at 03:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Internet Marketing Consultants

    https://www.valdaveto.net/redirect.php?link=https://reviewnearme.com/

    May 20, 2021 at 03:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. SEO Marketing Company

    I have to thank you for the efforts you've put in penning this site. I'm hoping to check out the same high-grade content by you in the future as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my own website now 😉

    https://www.music-style.info/music-style/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=7897&url=https://www.developingprospects.com/

    May 20, 2021 at 04:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Internet Marketing Specialists

    https://fuse.fuseuniversal.com/redirect?to=https://bestlocalnearme.com/

    May 20, 2021 at 06:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. RebfZisse

    safest and most reliable pharmacy to buy cialis https://rcialisgl.com/ – cialis netherlands online cialis florida delivery

    May 20, 2021 at 06:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. FmrfEncox

    cialis http://cialisee.com/ – cialis tablets australia buying cialis in australia

    May 20, 2021 at 07:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Digital Marketing Firm

    http://tbsa.so-buy.com/front/bin/adsclick.phtml?Nbr=11promotion_700x120&URL=https://juicycalls.com

    May 20, 2021 at 08:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Google Marketing Company

    http://dresscircle-net.com/suteki/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=633&url=quotenearme.com/

    May 20, 2021 at 09:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Video Marketing Agencies

    https://www.ladygamer.jp/ws/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=299&url=https://www.ppcpostfalls.com

    May 20, 2021 at 09:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. ayahdk77

    I all the time emailed this blog post page to all my friends,
    because if like to read it afterward my contacts will too.

    May 20, 2021 at 11:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. priligy

    priligy price dapoxetine for sale

    May 20, 2021 at 13:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. fabrication near me

    I'm extremely pleased to uncover this website. I need to to thank you for ones time for this wonderful read!! I definitely savored every bit of it and I have you book marked to check out new things in your site.

    https://www.bad.org.uk/for-the-public/patient-information-leaflets/androgenetic-alopecia/?showmore=1&returnlink=https://ocrvcenter.com/motorhome-upholstery-repair-near-me

    May 20, 2021 at 13:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. sound system repair near me

    http://www.dreamtemplate.com/preview/?url=https://ocrv.me/rv-upholstery-near-me

    May 20, 2021 at 13:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Local Marketing Services

    When I originally left a comment I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now whenever a comment is added I receive four emails with the exact same comment. Is there a means you are able to remove me from that service? Cheers!

    https://www.priyo.com/feed/redirection?url=https://juicycalls.com/

    May 20, 2021 at 15:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. RV Remodel Los Angeles

    https://d.agkn.com/pixel/2389/?che=2979434297&col=22204979,1565515,238211572,435508400,111277757&l1=https://ocrvmotorcoaches.com/rv-repair-shop-upland-california

    May 20, 2021 at 15:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. JebgEncox

    pharmacie canadienne Seroquel Plendil

    May 20, 2021 at 16:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. LebnEncox

    cheap canadian pharmacy https://xlnpharmacy.com/ canadian pharmacy certified canada pharmacy online

    May 20, 2021 at 17:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. oc collision center

    I love it when individuals come together and share views. Great blog, stick with it!

    https://forum.kinoafisha.info/cc.php?url=https://ocrvcenter.com/rv-technician-near-me/

    May 20, 2021 at 20:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. motorhome mechanic near me

    This is a topic that's near to my heart... Best wishes! Exactly where are your contact details though?

    https://dealers.webasto.com/UnauthorizedAccess.aspx?Result=denied&Url=https://ocrvcenter.com/rv-kitchen-repair-near-me/

    May 20, 2021 at 21:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. LbsoZisse

    cialis without prescription https://ucialisdas.com/ cialis on line purchase

    May 20, 2021 at 21:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. orange truck shop

    https://thediplomat.com/ads/books/ad.php?i=4&r=https://ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-indio-california

    May 20, 2021 at 22:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. RV Mechanics Near Me

    I was very happy to find this great site. I need to to thank you for ones time just for this wonderful read!! I definitely liked every part of it and i also have you saved as a favorite to check out new things in your blog.

    https://paper.li/SharonLaMothe/1411841847?read=http://ocrv.world/rv-repair-shop-la-mesa-california

    May 21, 2021 at 02:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. RV Paint Shop Orange County

    https://www.shanghaiairport.com/ADClick.aspx?SiteID=20&ADID=1&URL=https://ocrvcenter.co/rv-repair-shop-reseda-california

    May 21, 2021 at 03:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. temecula collision center

    https://schoo.jp/redirect?url=https://ocrv.pro/rv-service-near-me

    May 21, 2021 at 04:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. box truck repair parts

    I'm excited to find this website. I need to to thank you for ones time just for this fantastic read!! I definitely really liked every little bit of it and I have you book-marked to check out new stuff in your web site.

    http://www.etracker.com/lnkcnt.php?et=qPKGYV&url=http://www.ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-cathedral-city-california

    May 21, 2021 at 05:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. drone repair orange county

    https://www.morhipo.com/shared/partnercookie?k=gort&url=http://theocrv.com/rv-mechanic-near-me

    May 21, 2021 at 07:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. JebgEncox

    cheap online pharmacy Requip canadian pharmacy cialis

    May 21, 2021 at 13:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. FmrfEncox

    viagra or cialis http://cialisee.com/ how many milligrams of cialis can you take in a day ?

    May 21, 2021 at 17:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. cyclomune

    buy cyclosporine usa cyclomune 0.1% eye drops

    May 21, 2021 at 21:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Social Media Marketing Company

    You've made some really good points there. I checked on the web for more information about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this website.

    https://www.pagearizona.com/redir/ect.php?mode=ext&url=http://www.affordableranking.com/

    May 22, 2021 at 00:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. SEO Marketing Agency

    I blog often and I genuinely appreciate your content. This article has really peaked my interest. I will take a note of your website and keep checking for new information about once a week. I subscribed to your Feed too.

    https://can-engfurnaces.de/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=http://affordableranking.com

    May 22, 2021 at 01:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. RV Wraps California

    https://pages.audioteka.com/app/rdir.php?rdir=https://ocrvexperts.com/rv-repair-shop-fountain-valley-california

    May 22, 2021 at 08:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. RV Cabinet Riverside

    http://www.etracker.de/lnkcnt.php?et=qPKGYV&url=http://www.ocrv.vip/rv-repair-shop-toluca-lake-california

    May 22, 2021 at 09:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. RV Toilets Riverside

    Right here is the right website for everyone who wishes to understand this topic. You realize so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that I actually will need to…HaHa). You certainly put a fresh spin on a topic that has been written about for many years. Wonderful stuff, just excellent!

    http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php?URL=davethemonkey.net/2008/10/18/more-macau-train-ride-and-guilin/comment-page-201/

    May 22, 2021 at 10:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. RV Fiberglass Los Angeles

    I was able to find good info from your content.

    https://sunhun.com/link.php?url=https://diplingpaedmediatorreiter.eu/index.php?option=com_phocaguestbook&view=phocaguestbook&id=1&Itemid=4&t=4700&limitstart=57020

    May 22, 2021 at 12:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. BbshMile

    female viagra effects https://loxviagra.com/ black market viagra

    May 22, 2021 at 23:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. geico painting commercial

    Good write-up. I definitely love this website. Keep it up!

    https://forums.womenshealthmatters.ca/gynegals/index.php?app=analytics&module=analytics&controller=link&topic=115902&url=https://ocrvcenter.com/camper-van-repair-near-me

    May 23, 2021 at 01:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Обзор-сравнение систем нагрева табака

    Ridiculous quest there. What occurred after?
    Good luck!

    May 23, 2021 at 02:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Tembepteriope

    buy cialis https://tadalafilww.com/ – tadalafil online with out prescription cialis at canadian pharmacy tadalafil dosage https://tadagatadalafil.com/

    May 23, 2021 at 15:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. RV Maintenance Orange County

    Your style is so unique compared to other people I have read stuff from. Thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I'll just bookmark this web site.

    https://www.stenaline.co.uk/affiliate_redirect.aspx?affiliate=tradedoubler&url=http://ocrv.rocks/rv-repair-shop-south-gate-california

    May 23, 2021 at 15:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. FmrfEncox

    cialis self life http://cialisee.com/ cialis with alcohol

    May 23, 2021 at 17:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. BbshMile

    viagra essential oil http://loxviagra.com/ viagra vs sildenafil

    May 23, 2021 at 20:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. combigan

    combigan generic prices brimonidine eye drops

    May 23, 2021 at 23:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. AnooEncox

    jag provade viagra http://llviagra.com/ – does viagra always work the first time does viagra make you hard after ejaculation

    May 24, 2021 at 06:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. rv wraps near me

    https://track.affclkr.com/track/clicks/3171/c627c2b89e0522dbfe9cbd2e8d2b8914736245cb75e9f0ab416db1046005?t=https://www.ocrvcenter.com/haul-truck-collision-repair-shop-near-me

    May 24, 2021 at 06:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. GtnbCrulk

    how long before sex to take viagra http://jokviagra.com/ natural viagra foods

    May 24, 2021 at 09:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Soosteemocush

    tadalafil cialis cialis without prescription tadalafil generic https://tadalafilol.com/

    May 24, 2021 at 11:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. RV Cabinet Los Angeles

    Very good info. Lucky me I found your blog by chance (stumbleupon). I have saved it for later!

    https://www.ronl.org/redirect?url=https://labonnemenagere.com/HouseCleaning/inpirational-audio-track

    May 24, 2021 at 15:02 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Leave a Reply to vape shops near me


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.