Patients diagnosed with cancer must make major decisions about his or her health care. These statistics and facts on nasopharyngeal cancer can provide the basic information patients should know. With this basis of knowledge, patients can continue to learn as much as possible about the condition to eventually make the best health care decisions.
These are some of the basic facts on nasopharyngeal cancer:
- Nasopharyngeal cancer is type of head and neck cancer.
- The nasopharyx is the top portion of the throat tube that is located behind the nose.
- The nasal canal leads to the nasopharynx.
- The nasopharyx has a whole on either side leading to the ear.
- Squamous cell carcinoma, the most common kind of nasopharyngeal cancer, develops in the lining of the throat.
- Chinese/Asian heritage and excessive alcohol consumption increase a patient’s risk of developing cancer.
- Symptoms include a lump in the throat, sore throat, ear pain/ringing, pain when breathing or speaking, and headaches.
- Treatments include chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
- Early detection is the key to successful treatment.