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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


parotid gland cancer  listen  (puh-RAH-tid gland KAN-ser)

  Cancer that forms in a parotid gland, the largest of the salivary glands, which make saliva and release it into the mouth. There are 2 parotid glands, one in front of and just below each ear. Most salivary gland tumors begin in parotid glands.