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Nasophayrnx nasopharyngeal carcinoma, what is this?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Pharynx is: "doctorese" for throat, which connect higher (naso), back of (oro) and below (hypo) toward larynx and swallowing tube. The cancers in the nasopharynx may be related to a virus (EBV, not HPV) and asians are more apt. Hope this helps
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Uncommon: This is a cancer that has arisen from the epithelium of the back part of your nasal passages, either from the flat protective cells (squamous) or the glandular cells (adenocarcinoma). Unlike oral cancers, which are usually related to tobacco, the causes of these cancers after often unknown.

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