Nasopharyngeal cancer

Nasopharyngeal cancer in the nasal and throat cavity is a cancer of the mucus membranes that develops in the nasopharyngeal tonsils. This cancer type is most common in people from China, Northern Africa, and Indonesia. A cultural factor, such as diet, may play a role in the development. The Epstein-Barr virus is another factor, especially in children who contracted the virus at a young age.

Find out more about the causes and symptoms, and the most commonly used diagnostic tests and treatment types for nasopharyngeal tumors on this page.

Causes and symptoms

If you have developed a nasopharyngeal tumor, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • nosebleeds
  • nasal congestion
  • a feeling of fullness in the ears
  • facial numbness
  • double or blurry vision
  • headaches


The following diagnostic tests may be done to confirm or rule out nasopharyngeal cancer:

Treatment options

Your exact treatment options will depend on the tumor type and stage. Your overall health and shape will also affect your options. We will inform you about the process beforehand, and you will have plenty of time to ask questions. Your treatment will most likely consist of one or more of the following treatments:

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