Nasopharyngeal cancer occurs when cancer cells lines the nasal cavities and the throat. If you have previously suffered from Epstein-Barr virus, or mononucleosis, you may have a higher chance of getting nasopharyngeal cancer.
Generally, nasopharyngeal cancer is detected through a lump in the neck or lymph nodes. This cancer grows significantly fast, and can cause any of these symptoms: sore throat, trouble breathing or speaking, nosebleeds, pain or ringing in the ear, and headaches. In severe cases, the cancer can spread to the lungs, skull bone, and liver. It’s important to schedule a physical examination with Dr. Lapco if you have any of these symptoms. Nasopharyngeal cancer can be diagnosed through a neurological exam, nasoscopy biopsy, MRIs, CT scans, or complete blood count.
Treatments for nasopharyngeal cancer all require extensive medical attention. These methods include radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery to remove the cancerous tissue.