The stage of a cancer tells you how big it is and whether it has spread. The type means the type of cell the cancer started from. 

There are different ways of staging cancers. The two main ways are the TNM system and number system. Your doctor uses all of this information to help them decide on which treatment you need.

Ask your doctor or specialist nurse if you don't understand what stage your cancer is and would like to know more.

TNM stages

Read about tumour, node and metastasis (TNM) staging for salivary gland cancer.

Number stages

Get information on the number staging system for salivary gland cancer. 

Last reviewed: 
16 Oct 2019
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