Korean Novelist Choi In-ho Dies of Salivary Gland Cancer

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Salivary gland surgeon Babak Larian, MD, FACS, Director of the CENTER for Advanced Salivary Gland Cancer, discusses the importance of early detection of, and treatment for, salivary gland cancer in response to Choi In-ho’s death.

Babak Larian, MD
It is important that people know the signs and symptoms of salivary gland cancer, and when to seek medical attention.

An article published on KoreaTimes.co.kr recently announced the death of the popular Korean novelist Choi In-ho. He had been battling salivary gland cancer since 2008. In response, Babak Larian, MD, FACS, renowned salivary gland surgeon in Los Angeles, stresses the importance of early detection.

“It is important that people know the signs and symptoms of salivary gland cancer, and when to seek medical attention. As with any cancer, the earlier it is found and treated, the better the prognosis,” explained Dr. Larian.

Salivary gland cancer is rare, affecting one in 100,000 adults in the United States. Most commonly found in the parotid gland, salivary gland tumors usually require surgery. Depending on the size and location of the tumor, the entire parotid gland may need to be removed. It is important that anyone with a salivary gland tumor, particularly in the parotid gland, seek treatment from an expert.

Salivary gland surgery is always intricate, especially when it involves the parotid glands because the facial nerve wraps around them. I always perform parotid gland surgery with a renowned facial nerve expert to ensure I can completely remove the tumor while maintaining the safety of the delicate nerve during surgery,” said Dr. Babak Larian.

Dr. Larian is renowned for his minimally invasive surgical techniques and has performed countless successful parotidectomy procedures. He advises anyone who suspects they may have a salivary gland tumor to seek treatment right away. While most salivary gland tumors are benign, early detection of malignant tumors is key to a good prognosis.

“If we can catch salivary gland cancer early, the surgery will be less invasive, and it is less likely that the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes. If you come to me with a salivary gland tumor, we will perform a fine needle biopsy to determine whether or not it is cancerous and decide on treatment based on those results,” explained Dr. Larian.

World-renowned parotid gland surgeon Babak Larian, MD, FACS, is a graduate of the highly regarded U.C. Irvine School of Medicine and has completed a six-year residency program in Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery at UCLA. As the Director of the Center for Advanced Parotid Surgery in Los Angeles, Dr. Larian and his team of experts are responsible for the performance of cutting-edge minimally invasive salivary gland surgeries. Dr. Larian aims to provide his patients with the best possible care and surgical outcomes 100% of the time.

For more information about Dr. Larian and the Center for Advanced Parotid Surgery, please contact his office today by calling (310) 461-0300 or visit him on the web at: http://www.parotidmd.com

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