Staging for Salivary Gland Cancer

Salivary gland tumors are staged as follows:

TX Primary tumor cannot be assessed
T0 No existence of primary tumor
Tis Carcinoma in situ
T1 Tumor 2 cm or less in greatest dimension without extraparenchymal extension.
T2 Tumor more than 2 cm but not more than 4 cm in greatest dimension without extraparenchymal extension.
T3 Tumor having extraparenchymal extension without seventh nerve involvement and/or more than 4 cm but not more than 6 cm in greatest dimension.
T4 Tumor invades base of skull, seventh nerve, and/or exceeds 6 cm in greatest dimension.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 15 Aug 1999

Last Modified: 08 Jan 2015