Hi Everyone, I was curious if anyone else has any experience with a tumor in the salivary gland. I had an MRI with contrast, which showed a 2cm tumor in my left salivary gland. I have had this thing for a for at least two years and can feel it while shaving. The standard procedure is to do a Fine needle aspiration, and then have the tumor removed. Not really excited about either and asked if we could just go straight to the surgery if it has to come out anyway. Each time I set foot in a hospital, I have a $1000.00 copay. I have been in a flare since July, and don't know if I have any energy to go through this right now. The ENT said this may come from viral issues. I dont think he is much of a believer in CFS. I will ask Enlander if he has any comments and what his thought on having surgery is. The ent doctor said the major risk is nerve paralysis of one side of the face and it usually never happens. If you dont take it out, it could develop into a malignancy. He also said that 80 percent of these things are benign. It hasnt changed or grown in a few years so I'll see what Enlander says and go from there. I am scared to do any surgery, because I feel I will go further downhill. Has anybody had any other type of surgery while having this and if so, how did recovery go???