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What is Nasopharyngeal Cancer?

The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute offers the latest and most effective treatment for nasopharyngeal cancer in Orlando. The nasopharynx is the uppermost portion of the throat where the nasal passages and larynx meet up with the rest of the upper respiratory tract.  This is a different kind of malignancy from those usually associated with head and neck cancers.  It's different in its causes, behavior, spread and treatment. There are several sub-types of this cancer. The most common form of NPC shows a strong connection to the Epstein-Barr virus, also known as human herpevirus (herpes). For more information about treatment for nasopharyngeal cancer in Orlando, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

Symptoms of Nasopharyngeal Cancer

Symptoms of nasopharyngeal cancer include:

  • Swollen or tender lymph nodes
  • Difficulty trouble opening the mouth, chewing and swallowing
  • Ear infections
  • Nasal obstruction or bleeding
  • Noticeable nasal "twang" in the voice.
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Tests to Diagnose Nasopharyngeal Cancer

Once your physician has confirmed your diagnosis, the following tests may be recommended. These include computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET) and X-ray.

  • X-rays: Using energy beams that go through the body, an x-ray makes a picture of the inside of your body. 
  • CT scan (CAT scan): A CT scan takes a series of very detailed pictures of the inside of the body from different angles. 
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging): This procedure uses a magnet, radio waves, and a computer to make a series of detailed images of the inside of the body. 
  • PET scan (positron emission tomography scan): A procedure to find malignant tumor cells in the body. 
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Treatment of Nasopharyngeal Cancer

Surgery is usually not an option for all but the earliest, most localized cases. Chemotherapy, radiotherapy (radiation) and immunotherapy are the main tools in this battle. Because the brain and other vital organs are so close by, this is a technically challenging cancer to treat.

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Request an Appointment

For more information about treatment for nasopharyngeal cancer in Orlando, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

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