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Prognosis of salivary gland cancer

The prognosis is dependent on the histology and stage.

With spreading to cervical lymph nodes, the disease-specific survival is halved relative to the same T-stage without spreading. Increasing N-category also gives increasing risk for distant metastases.

Adenoid cystic carcinomas has a special disease course with late occurring distant metastases, which grow slowly. The patient may live long with the disease.

Confirmed distant metastasis at present usually eliminates curative treatment.



Five-year relative survival for patients with with salivary gland cancer, in percent, during the diagnosis period 1974–2013.

Source: Cancer Registry of Norway


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