Salivary Gland Cancer (cont.)
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What are the stages for salivary gland cancer?
The following stages are used for major salivary gland cancers:
In stage I, the tumor is in the salivary gland only and is 2 centimeters or smaller.
In stage II, the tumor is in the salivary gland only and is larger than 2 centimeters but not larger than 4 centimeters.
In stage III, one of the following is true:
Stage IV is divided into stages IVA, IVB, and IVC as follows:
Salivary gland cancers are also grouped by grade. The grade of a tumor tells how fast the cancer cells are growing, based on how the cells look under a microscope. Low-grade cancers grow more slowly than high- grade cancers.
Minor salivary gland cancers are staged according to where they were first found in the body.
Recurrent salivary gland cancer
Recurrent salivary gland cancer is cancer that has recurred (come back) after it has been treated. Recurrent salivary gland cancer may come back in the salivary glands or in other parts of the body.
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