That is the upper part of the throat behind the nose.
“As far as we knew, the only salivary or mucous glands in the nasopharynx are microscopically small, and up to 1000 are evenly spread out throughout the mucosa. So, imagine our surprise when we found these,” said radiation oncologist Wouter Vogel, the study’s author.
This discovery has been beneficial to the research team’s mission of radiotherapy.
Radiotherapy kills off cancer and shrinks tumours, but it can also cause problems for the salivary glands.
“Patients may have trouble eating, swallowing, or speaking, which can be a real burden,” Vogel added.
Overall, as a result of finding these “tubarial glands,” radiotherapists will now better understand how to prevent radiation from reaching that part of the body to impediments.