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Kim, Chung, Jeong, Cho, Yoon, Song, Nam, Ahn, Lee, Yoon, Lee, and Lim: Evaluation of Prognostic Factors for the Parotid Cancer Treated With Surgery and Postoperative Radiotherapy



To investigate the prognostic factors and treatment outcomes of primary parotid carcinoma treated with surgery and postoperative radiotherapy (PORT).


We reviewed retrospectively 57 patients with primary parotid carcinoma who were treated with surgery and PORT between 2005 and 2014. Superficial parotidectomy was performed in 19 patients, total parotidectomy in 10 patients, and total parotidectomy with lymph node dissection in 28 patients PORT on the tumor bed was performed in 41 patients, while PORT on tumor bed and ipsilateral cervical lymph nodes was performed in 16 patients.


With a median follow-up of 66 months, the 5-year overall survival, disease-free survival, locoregional control, and distant control rates were 77.0%, 60.2%, 77.6%, and 72.8%, respectively. The 5-year overall survival by stage was 100%, 100%, 80.0%, and 46.4% in stage I, II, III, and IV, respectively. Recurrences at primary lesions were found in seven patients, while at cervical nodes in six patients. Distant recurrences were developed in 12 patients. No patient with the low and intermediate histologic grade developed distant failure. As prognostic factors, the histologic grade for overall survival (P=0.005), pathological T-stage (P=0.009) and differentiation grade (P=0.009) for disease-free survival, pathological T-stage for locoregional control (P=0.007), and lympho-vascular invasion (P=0.023) for distant recurrence were significant on multivariate analysis.


This study revealed that differentiation grade, histologic grade, pathological T-stage, and lympho-vascular invasion were significant independent prognostic factors on clinical outcomes.


Primary parotid carcinoma (PPC) is a rare tumor, representing 1% to 3% of all reported head and neck malignancies [1]. The PPC presents heterogeneity regarding malignant potential and histologic variety [2]. These factors often create difficulties in taking treatment decisions and in predicting prognosis of PPC. Main treatment modality for PPC is surgery. Postoperative radiotherapy (PORT) has been indicated for patients with adverse pathologic features such as positive surgical margin, high histologic grade (H-grade), and advanced stage after surgery [3-6]. Treatment of patients with palpable lymphadenopathy consists of neck dissection followed by neck irradiation [4]. Contrarily, the management of node-negative neck remains controversial. The incidence of occult neck disease is affected by histopathology, T-stage, and grade of differentiation (D-grade) [7-11]. Now, the appropriate treatment of the N0 neck patients with high risk of regional failure seems to be either neck dissection or postoperative neck irradiation [9,10,12]. The current study was undertaken to determine the prognostic factors affecting treatment outcomes in patients with PPC treated with surgery and PORT.



Eight six patients who received adjuvant PORT under diagnosis of PPC between January 2005 and December 2014 at Chonnam National University Hwasun Hospital were reviewed. Of these, 29 patients with insufficient medical records and/or early follow-up missing were excluded, and finally 57 patients were analyzed. The clinical and pathological data such as age, sex, lymph node status, overall stage, histopathologic findings, surgical procedures, radiation therapy technique, and complications, were evaluated by reviewing the medical records. For the tumor staging, we used the TNM classification of American Joint Committee on Cancer 7th edition. All patients had computed tomography (CT) scanning to evaluate the tumor extent. The D-grade was classified as well (grade 1), moderately (grade 2), and poorly differentiated (grade 3). The classification of H-grade was performed by the three-group system proposed by Ettl et al. [13]. This study was approved by the Institutional Review Board of Chonnam National University Hwasun Hospital (IRB No. 2013-090).


Out of 57 patients, 19 (33.3%) with small tumor involving the superficial lobe underwent superficial parotidectomy. Total parotidectomy was performed when the carcinoma was in the deep lobe, or in a tumor diagnosed as malignant tumor by fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC). Total parotidectomy removing all the parotid tissue while sacrificing the facial nerve was performed when the facial nerve was invaded by carcinoma, or when the facial nerve function was impaired preoperatively. Out of 57 patients, 10 patients (17.5%) underwent total parotidectomy without neck dissection. The neck dissection was performed when neck nodes were found by preoperative evaluation such as FNAC or radiologic examination, and in cases suspected with high-grade carcinoma Out of all patients 28 patients (49.2%) had total parotidectomy and ipsilateral neck dissection. A total of 17 patients with suspicious radiologic finding of positive neck node had therapeutic neck dissection (TND), and 11 patients had elective neck dissection (END).

Radiation therapy

In our institute postoperative adjuvant irradiation was recommended when the tumor had pathologically high-risk factors such as positive or close (<0.5 cm) surgical resection margin, T3–4, high grade, presence of perineural or lymphovascular invasion, and metastatic lymph nodes. PORT was recommended 3−6 weeks after surgery. The median time interval from surgery to PORT was 26 days (range, 14 to 48 days). For radiotherapy dose calculation, all the patients had CT scans of 2.5-mm slice thickness taken at supine position with thermoplastic mask. Irradiation was administered using photons or mixed beams of photons and electrons produced by linear accelerator. The radiation treatment volume was designed to cover the tumor bed with 2–3 cm margins. The median dose was 50.4 Gy (range, 41.4 to 66.6 Gy). Radiation treatment was performed by conventional fractionation using 1.8–2.0 Gy per fraction daily and five times per week. A total of 16 patients (28.1%) with high risk factors received neck irradiation including at ipsilateral neck levels I–V. Acute and late complications during or after radiotherapy were recorded by the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) criteria [14].

Follow-up and statistical analysis

Patients were followed up every 2−3 months after completion of treatment. Patients had neck and chest CT imaging at 2 month, and 18-Fluoro-deoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) scan at 6 months. Thereafter, neck and chest CT or FDG-PET scan were performed every 6 months. The median follow-up time was 66 months (range, 9 to 124 months). Survival rate was calculated from the date of surgery to death or the last follow-up visit. Survival curves were plotted using the Kaplan-Meier method and compared by the log-rank test. The suggested prognostic factors with P-value <0.1 from the univariate analysis were included in the multivariate analysis using Cox proportional hazard model. The P-value less than 0.05 was considered as statistically significant value. Statistical analysis was performed using IBM SPSS ver. 23.0 (IBM Corp., Armonk, NY).



The median age of patients was 57 years (range, 23 to 82 years). A total of 41 male and 16 female patients were analyzed in this study. The most common pathological type was mucoepidermoid carcinoma (14, 24.5%), followed by adenocarcinoma, not otherwise specified (n=8, 14.0%), salivary duct carcinoma (n=7, 12.3%), squamous cell carcinoma (n=6, 10.5%), adenoid cystic carcinoma (n=6, 10.5%), carcinoma ex pleomorphic adenoma (n=5, 8.8%), acinic cell carcinoma (n=4, 7.0%), epithelial-myoepithelial carcinoma (n=3, 5.3%), lymphoepithelial carcinoma (n=2, 3.5%), oncocytic carcinoma (n=1, 1.8%), and large cell undifferentiated (n=1, 1.8%). The TNM classification was as follows: T1, 12 patients (21.1%); T2, 21 (36.8%); T3, 11 (19.3%); T4, 13 (22.8%); N0, 39 (68.4%); N1, 6 (10.5%); N2b, 12 (21.1%), respectively (Table 1). There was no acute grade 3 or higher toxicity during PORT. Acute grade 1–2 buccal mucositis occurred in seven patients. After completion of radiotherapy, two patients having grade 3 hearing impairment were treated by hearing aid. There was no treatment-related death or late toxicity of more than grade 4.

Overall survival and disease-free survival

The overall survival rate at 5 and 10 years was 77.0% and 51.2%, respectively (Fig. 1). The overall survival by stage were 100%, 100%, 80.0%, and 46.4% in stage I, II, III, and IV, respectively. Univariate analysis revealed that female, lower T stage, pathologically node negative, lower D-grade, lower histologic tumor grade (H-grade) and no lympho-vascular invasion (LVI) were significantly associated with better survival (Table 2). Multivariate analysis revealed higher H-grade were associated with worse OS (Table 3).
The 5- and 10-year disease-free survival (DFS) rates were 60.2% and 42.4%, respectively (Fig. 1). In the univariate analysis, age at diagnosis, sex, pT-stage (pathological T stage), pN-stage, D-grade, H-grade, perineural invasion (PNI), and LVI were significantly associated with DFS. In multivariate analysis, T-stage (P=0.009; hazard ratio [HR], 3.628) and D-grade (P=0.009, HR, 3.460) were independent prognostic factors for DFS (Table 3).

Locoregional recurrence and distant metastasis

The locoregional control rate at 5 years was 77.6% in all patients (Fig. 2). Out of 13 patients who had locoregional recurrences (LRR), seven patients had local failures and six had regional nodal recurrences (Fig. 3, Supplementary Table 1). Out of six patients with nodal recurrences, four (66.7%) were in pT4a stage and six in high H-grade (Table 4). One of six patients with regional nodal recurrences had a simultaneous distant metastasis to the lung. There was no significant difference in locoregional failure rates by radiation dose between two groups (<55 Gy; 17.8%, ≥55 Gy; 33.9%, P=0.353). Univariate analysis revealed that gender, pT-stage, and pN-stage were associated with locoregional control. But, marginal status, PNI, and LVI were not associated with LRR (Table 2). On multivariate analysis, T-stage was significant (P=0.007; HR, 8.189) as a predictor of LRR (Table 3).
The distant control rate at 5 years was 72.8% (Fig. 2). Distant metastasis developed in 14 patients after a median of 13 months (range, 4 to 59 months) after treatment completion. The most common site was the lung (11 patients) (Supplementary Table 2). Sex, pT-stage, pN-stage, D-grade, H-grade, PNI and LVI were associated with increased risk of distant metastasis in univariate analysis (Table 2). There was no distant recurrence in the lower histologic tumor grade. On multivariate analysis LVI as a continuous variable remained associated with risk of distant metastasis (Table 3).

Analysis of patients with recurrence of neck disease

The sites of nodal recurrence were the ipsilateral level Ib, IIa, Vb, retropharyngeal lymph node, and supraclavicular lymph nodes. There was no contralateral neck recurrence. Regional recurrence was appeared in six patients who had neck dissection (END, two patients; TND, four patients). Out of six patients, four had neck node irradiation (Table 4). Patients irradiated in tumor bed and neck node bearing area had worse prognostic factors and more regional recurrence than tumor bed only (4/16, 25.0% vs. 2/41, 4.8%). The 16 patients given irradiation in tumor bed and neck node bearing area were all men and had significantly older age (P=0.033), more pathological node positivity (P<0.001), higher histological tumor grade (P=0.001), and more LVI (P=0.001) than patients without neck irradiation. The neck recurrence rate of T3−4 patients (5/24, 20.8%) was higher than T1–2 group (1/33, 3.0%), but statistically not significant (P=0.073).
Among patients with pathological node negative, three patients (3/39, 7.7%) had regional nodal failure. In the subgroup analysis of pathological node negative, T3–4 stage (P=0.031) and histologic tumor grade (P=0.050) were associated with regional nodal recurrence.


It is generally agreed that combination therapy with a complete surgical resection followed by radiation therapy in high risk parotid carcinoma is the rational approach to improve treatment outcome [3-6]. Parotid carcinoma is a rare disease and showed heterogenous nature, hence treatment outcomes vary widely among patients. It is important to identify prognostic factors to improve treatment outcomes. Chen et al. [15] reported a 10-year local-regional recurrence rate ranging from 37% to 63% after surgery alone for parotid carcinoma with high risk factors, and suggested that adjuvant postoperative radiation should routinely be offered. Garden et al. [16] reported 5- and 10-year local control rates of 92% and 90% by surgery and postoperative adjuvant radiation therapy, respectively, in patients with parotid carcinoma with inadequate margins, extraglandular disease extension, PNI, and nodal disease. Mendenhall et al. [17] reported improved local control rate in patients with close or positive resection margin, high-grade histology, involved lymph node, PNI and or endothelial-lined space invasion by postoperative adjuvant radiation therapy.
TNM staging is a good prognostic factor for treatment decision. T stage had a significant influence on survival [3,5]. High T stages (T3–4) were also independent prognostic factors for the presence of positive nodes [11]. Al-Mamgani et al. [18] reported that the T stage was an important independent factor for DFS. Also, Chen et al. [15] showed that stage T3–4 disease that was treated with gross total tumor resection without adjuvant PORT was a parameter predictive of LRR. T3−4 tumors have a significant risk of local relapse following surgical excision and could be reduced by adjuvant radiotherapy. According to Terhaard et al. [4], combined treatment for T3−4 tumors revealed significantly better local control than surgery alone (84% vs. 18%, P<0.001). In our study also, T stage was a significant factor for locoregional control on multivariate analysis.
Treatment of parotid carcinoma with clinically lymph node metastases consists of neck dissection and postoperative radiation. Postoperative locoregional radiotherapy for the pathological positive neck node significantly improved regional control (PORT, 86% vs. surgery alone, 62%) [4]. In the study by Chen et al. [8], postoperative elective neck irradiation to patients with clinically N0 carcinomas of the salivary glands reduced the 10- year nodal relapse rate from 26% to 0% (P<0.001). They proposed that elective neck irradiation effectively prevents nodal failure and should be used for selected patients at high risk for regional failure. Al-Mamgani et al. [18] reported that none of the high-risk node-negative patients who received elective nodal irradiation developed regional failure.
According to the National Cancer Data Base study of 22,653 patients with parotid cancer, high T stage and grade are significant independent predictive factors of nodal metastasis for most histopathologies [11]. In our study, on the multivariate analysis T3–4 stage was significant factor for LRR in comparison with T1–2 after treatment. T3–4 stage and histologic tumor grade were associated with regional nodal recurrence in patients with pathologically negative neck node. Such patients with at high risk for regional failure need comprehensive treatment. Adjuvant chemoradiotherapy (CRT) using intensity modulated radiotherapy is well tolerated and could provide excellent local control in a properly selected, high-risk patient with salivary gland cancer [19]. However, benefit of a postoperative CRT for high-risk major salivary gland carcinomas is still a subject of debate [20,21]. The RTOG 1008 randomized trial for adjuvant concurrent radiation and weekly cisplatin versus radiation alone in resected high-risk malignant salivary gland tumors is currently ongoing. Postoperative CRT should be considered based on specific considerations in selected patient.
Grading of parotid carcinoma is an important predictor of survival [5,18]. It may predict the risk of disease recurrence and provide a strategy for the extent of surgery and the requirement for adjuvant therapy. In a systematic review, high-grade tumor has been implicated with adverse survival compared with low grade tumors [5]. Also, retrospective review of the National Cancer Data Base in the U. S. records has identified that high grade tumor is associated with increased rates of recurrence [11]. High-grade cancers are more likely to develop metastasis locally and distantly as compared to low-grade tumors. In our study, grade was significant risk factor in DFS rate, 78.8% in grade 1 to 2 tumors and 16.9% in grade 3 tumors.
Histopathological type is one of the important prognostic factors which are associated with various clinical course and treatment outcome [2]. Some studies reported group stratification by histology and grade, which are considered to be important factors affecting local control or distant metastasis [13,22,23]. In our study, three histological subgroups were classified by grade and histology based established criteria [13]. In our study, overall survival rate of low and intermediate histological subgroup at 5 year was 96.0%. Distant recurrence was not developed in the low to intermediate group. In this study, six patients with nodal failures were all in the high-risk group.
According to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines, PORT is recommended for patients with perineural, vascular, and lymphatic invasion [24]. Ali et al. [25] reported that vascular and PNI were predictive factors for recurrence of carcinoma of the major salivary glands. Kim et al. [26] reported that lymphovascular invasion was a significant independent prognostic factor in patients with salivary duct carcinoma of the major salivary glands. In the case of PNI of a major nerve, the cranial nerve pathways up to the base of the skull must be included in the target volume of radiotherapy. Therefore, the PNI is important in the planning of radiotherapy. However, in this study the PNI did not reveal prognostic significance for OS, DFS, local control, and distant metastasis. LVI was significant for distant metastasis in our study. Out of nine patients, six patients with LVI had distant metastasis after treatment.
In salivary gland malignancies, the incidence of distant metastasis varied from 20% to 50% and was affected by histological types and tumor site [27]. In this study, 12 patients (20.7%) developed distant metastasis as the first site of failure, and major cause for treatment failure was distant metastases. Development of appropriate systemic therapy at high risk of DM is mandatory to improve clinical outcome [28]. Cytotoxic chemotherapy is generally employed for palliative purposes in patients with metastatic and/or recurrent disease. Numerous studies of molecular targeted therapies are in progress today [29]. Recently, a study showed that programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) expression in salivary gland cancer was significantly associated with poor DFS on multivariate analysis [30]. They also reported that PD-L1 expression was significantly associated with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) overexpression and suggested that the combination therapy of trastuzumab and anti-PD−1/PD−L1 antibody might provide a more effective treatment outcome.
In our institute, the PORT has been recommended in parotid carcinoma with high risk factors such as high-grade histology, high T-stage, perineural/vascular/lymphatic invasion, a deep lobe location, positive or close surgical margin, and lymph node metastases. This retrospective analysis has several limitations such as small sample size, various rare histological subtypes, insufficient medical records, and early follow-up missing. However, the histologic tumor grade, advanced T3−4 stage, high grade of tumor differentiation and lympho-vascular invasion were revealed as significant prognostic factors for treatment outcome. Especially, advanced T-stage was found to be a significant prognostic factor for locoregional recurrence. Most of treatment failures were distant spread to the lung. Further studies are required to reduce the risk of distant metastasis.


▪ A retrospective analysis was performed on the 57 patients treated in single institution.
▪ The 5-year overall survival, locoregional control rates were 77.0% and 77.6%, respectively.
▪ Tumor grade, pT-stage (pathological T stage), and lympho-vascular invasion were significant on prognosis.
▪ Most of treatment failures were distant spread to the lung.


No potential conflict of interest relevant to this article was reported.


Conceptualization: WKC. Data curation: IJC, JUJ. Formal analysis & Methodology: WKC. Project administration: WKC, YHK. Visualization: YHK. Writing - original draft: YHK. Writing - review & editing: all authors.


Supplementary material can be found via
Supplementary Table 1.
Clinicopathological details of patients with local recurrence
Supplementary Table 2.
Clinicopathological details of patients with distant metastases


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Fig. 1.
Overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) rates for 57 patients with parotid gland carcinoma.
Fig. 2.
Locoregional control (LRC) and distant control (DC) rates for 57 patients with parotid gland carcinoma.
Fig. 3.
Treatment failure patterns after postoperative radiotherapy with parotid gland carcinoma. Of 22 patients of failures, seven (12.3%) of local, six (10.5%) of regional, and 12 (21.1%) of distant failure were observed, respectively.
Table 1.
Patient and treatment characteristics
Variable Value
Age (yr) 57 (23–82)
Sex (male:female) 41 (71.9):16 (27.6)
Histological type
 Low grade (MEC:AdCC:CXPA:ACC:EMC) 7 (12.3):6 (10.5):5 (8.8):4 (7.0):3 (5.3)
 Intermediate grade (MEC) 2 (3.5)
 High grade (ADC:SDC:SCC:MEC:LEC:OCC:LCC) 8 (14.0):7 (12.3):6 (10.5):5 (8.8):2 (3.5):1 (1.8):1 (1.8)
pT-stage (T1:T2:T3:T4) 12 (21.1):21 (36.8):11 (19.3):13 (22.8)
pN-stage (N0:N1:N2b) 39 (68.4):6 (10.5):12 (21.1)
pStage (I:II:III:IVA) 10 (17.5):16 (28.1):11 (19.3):20 (35.1)
Tumor size (cm) 3 (1–6.3)
Tumor grade (well:moderately:poorly) 30 (52.6):9 (15.8):18 (31.6)
Surgical margin
 Negative 45 (78.9)
 Positive+close (<5 mm) 12 (21.1)
Perineural invasion (no:yes) 47 (82.5):10 (17.5)
Lymphovascular invasion (no:yes) 48 (84.2):9 (15.8)
Surgery type
 Superficial parotidectomy 19 (33.3)
 Total parotidectomy 10 (17.5)
 Total parotidectomy and neck dissection 28 (49.2)
  Therapeutic neck dissection 17
  Elective neck dissection 11
Radiation field
 Parotid bed 41 (71.9)
 Parotid bed+ipsilateral cervical neck node 16 (28.1)
Radiation dose (Gy) 50.4 (41.4–66.6)
Follow-up period (mon) 66 (9–124)

Values are presented as median (range) or number (%).

MEC, mucoepidermoid carcinoma; AdCC, adenoid cystic carcinoma; CXPA, carcinoma ex pleomorphic adenoma; ACC, acinic cell carcinoma; EMC, epithelial-myoepithelial carcinoma; ADC, adenocarcinoma, not otherwise specified; SDC, salivary duct carcinoma; SCC, squamous cell carcinoma; LEC, lymphoepithelial carcinoma; OCC, oncocytic carcinoma; LCC, large cell undifferentiated carcinoma; p, pathologic.

Table 2.
Univariate analysis for factors associated with treatment outcome
Characteristics No. (%) 5-Year OS
5-Year DFS
5-Year LRC
5-Year DC
Rate (%) P-value Rate (%) P-value Rate (%) P-value Rate (%) P-value
Age (yr) 0.056 0.029 0.051 0.543
 ≤60 35 (61.4) 87.6 68.8 85.4 74.9
 >60 22 (38.6) 59.6 45.4 63.5 69.3
Sex 0.009 0.004 0.046 0.029
 Male 41 (71.9) 69.4 47.4 70.5 62.5
 Female 16 (28.1) 93.8 87.5 93.8 93.8
pT-stage 0.001 <0.001 <0.001 0.033
 T1−2 33 (57.9) 92.9 79.8 93.8 82.7
 T3−4 24 (42.1) 56.3 33.9 54.3 59.5
pN-stage 0.014 0.001 0.006 0.022
 N0 39 (68.4) 88.6 68.6 85.8 80.0
 N+ 18 (31.6) 51.6 42.4 59.5 57.9
D-grade 0.002 <0.001 0.514 <0.001
 G1−2 39 (68.4) 86.1 78.8 78.8 89.1
 G3 18 (31.6) 57.5 16.9 75.1 35.4
H-grade <0.001 <0.001 0.036 <0.001
 Low& intermediate 27 (47.4) 96.0 88.9 88.9 100
 high 30 (52.6) 60.9 34.0 66.7 49.5
SM 0.674 0.268 0.714 0.440
 Negative 45 (78.9) 81.2 64.1 78.6 75.9
 Positive 12 (21.1) 61.4 45.0 74.1 60.2
PNI 0.144 0.023 0.603 0.038
 Negative 47 (82.5) 81.3 67.6 79.7 78.7
 Positive 10 (17.5) 60.0 30.0 68.6 48.0
LVI 0.017 <0.001 0.323 <0.001
 Negative 48 (84.2) 84.6 68.4 80.1 81.6
 Positive 9 (15.7) 37.5 13.9 63.5 17.8
CN7 invasion 0.269 0.065 0.364 0.153
 Negative 33 (57.9) 82.9 70.4 81.3 79.4
 Positive 24 (42.1) 69.3 46.7 71.9 64.3

OS, overall survival; DFS, disease-free survival; LRC, locoregional control; DC, distant control; p, pathologic; D, differentiation; H, histologic; SM, surgical margin; PNI, perineural invasion; LVI, lymphovascular invasion; CN, cranial nerve.

Table 3.
Multivariate analysis by prognostic factors
Variable Factor HR (95% CI) P-value
Overall survival
 H-grade Low & intermediate vs. high 18.148 (2.397−137.279) 0.005
Disease-free survival
 T-stage T1−2 vs. T3−4 3.628 (1.383−9.514) 0.009
 D-grade G1−2 vs. G3 3.460 (1.373−8.722) 0.009
Locoregional control
 T-stage T1−2 vs. T3−4 8.189 (1.798−37.302) 0.007
Distant control
 LVI No vs. yes 19.179 (1.513−243.153) 0.023

HR, hazard ratio; CI, confidential interval; H, histologic; D, differentiation; LVI, lymphovascular invasion.

Table 4.
Clinicopathological details of patients with recurrent neck disease
No. Age (yr) Sex cN ND Histology D-grade H-grade Neck irradiation pT pN Recurrence of neck
1 62 Male N1 Yes OCC Poorly High No 4a 2b Vb
2 49 Male N0 Yes MEC Poorly High No 4a 0 Ib
3 69 Male N0 Yes SCC Moderately High Yes 3 0 Retropharyngeal
4 69 Male N0 Yes ADC Moderately High Yes 1 2b I–V
5 59 Male N0 Yes SCC Well High Yes 4a 0 SCL
6 54 Male N2 Yes SCC Moderately High Yes 4a 2b IIa

cN, clinical N stage; ND, neck dissection; D, differentiation; H, histologic; pT, pathological T stage; pN, pathological N stage; OCC, oncocytic carcinoma; MEC, mucoepidermoid carcinoma; SCC, squamous cell carcinoma; ADC, adenocarcinoma, not otherwise specified; SCL, supraclavicular lymph node.

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