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Nasopharynx related to nasopharyngeal carcinoma?

Nasopharynx related to nasopharyngeal carcinoma?

Yes: Nasopharyngeal carcinoma is a cancer of te nasopharynx- the uppermost of the pharynx bordered by the nasal cavity anteriorly, base of skull superiorly, eustacian tube laterally, soft palate inferiorly. Due to its location in close proximity to the base of skull/cavernous sinus, nasopharyngeal cancer is not typically managed with surgical resection, and requires chemotherapy and radiation. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Nasopharynx cancer, what to do?

Nasopharynx cancer, what to do?

Get treatment!: I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis. You should get treatment at a center that has specialists for head and neck cancer, typically an academic hospital. Fortunately, you live in Boston and there are several options. ...Read more

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How is nasopharynx cancer treated?

How is nasopharynx cancer treated?

It varies: Surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy will be required. Hope that a good result is obtained. ...Read more

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Two small soft tissue masses found in my nasopharynx. what is the chance they are cancer given that my brother has been diagnosed for NPC recently?

Unlikely: But possible. Brother with NPC does not really raise your risk unless of course you share the same risk factors. Your doc should have been able to look at these on CT scan or on nasopharyngoscope and give you a better read. A good look is better than any risk factor analysis.... ...Read more

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What is nasophayrnx nasopharyngeal carcinoma?

What is nasophayrnx nasopharyngeal carcinoma?

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. ...Read more

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Nasophayrnx nasopharyngeal carcinoma, what is this?

Nasophayrnx nasopharyngeal carcinoma, what is this?

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 ...Read more

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What is treatmet of nasopharyngeal carcinoma?

What is treatmet of nasopharyngeal carcinoma?

Depends: Usually chemoradiation but there are caveats depending on the individual situation. Here is some additional info: http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/nasopharyngeal-cancer. ...Read more

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What are the chances of survival for a nasopharynx cancer patient?

What are the chances of survival for a nasopharynx cancer patient?

Depends: It depends on several factors with the most important being the stage. This is determined by what the cancer is invading in the nasopharynx, whether there are lymph nodes involved, and whether is has spread to other organs. Other factors include your age and other medical conditions. ...Read more

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Why is there bleeding in nasopharyngeal carcinoma?

Why is there bleeding in nasopharyngeal carcinoma?

Lesions irritated.: Nasopharyngeal cancers cause bleeding probably because the lesions are not always well differentiated, and thus are easily irritated. Because these are usually squamous, and they may have a lot of blood vessels and break apart easily, causing bleeding. ...Read more

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Nasopharynx cancer (npc)! My father has npc second stage. Is there a cure? What are his odds of survival?

Nasopharynx cancer (npc)! My father has npc second stage. Is there a cure? What are his odds of survival?

Good: Nasopharynx cancer is easily treated. In second stage therei are cervical lymph nodes but when high in neck it is easy to encompass a field where the pharyngeal lesion is hit by cross RT beams and the neck also treated with RT. Chemo is then given which in most instances is successful. Surgery most of the time is not indicated. ...Read more

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Why is there nose bleeding in a nasopharyngeal carcinoma?

Why is there nose bleeding in a nasopharyngeal carcinoma?

Tumor erosion: These tumors develope on the mucous membrane and erode into adjacent tissues including capillaries, causing bleeding. ...Read more

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What to do about nasopharynx cancer(npc)! my father has npc second stage.whats the survival rate for this cancer and is it curable?

What to do about nasopharynx cancer(npc)! my father has npc second stage.whats the survival rate for this cancer and is it curable?

About 60% survival: Nasopharynx Ca probably caused by the EBV virus arises in the posterior throat area just behind the nose. When localized it is easily treated by radiation therapy. When it spreads to the cervical nodes chemo such as the platinums are added. Here survival dropos to the 40% level. With newer drugs the survival however is improving. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get nasopharyngeal carcinoma?

Uncommon in U.S.: This is not common in the U.S.- there are less than 3000 new cases each year. It is mcuh more common in east asia (china mostly). It is related to infection with the ebv virus and common in smokers and drinkers typically. ...Read more

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If I plan to get my medical tests done over vacation, will I need to go back for more for nasopharyngeal carcinoma? I want to wrap this up in one week if possible.

Rethink this: Nasopharyngeal cancer is probably going to involve a rather protracted course of therapy that may involve in addition to testing, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. This is something you need to make time for to try to ensure you have a chance to have time in the future. ...Read more

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Can you get nasopharyngeal carcinoma from kissing multiple people?

Can you get nasopharyngeal carcinoma from kissing multiple people?

Basically no: There's a rare nasopharyngeal carcinoma related to Epstein-Barr virus, the bug that causes infectious mono. This is no reason to forego kissing. ...Read more

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What is the pathophysiology of Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma with diagram? Thank you

What is the pathophysiology of Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma with diagram? Thank you

Damage to DNA: It is linked to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Sometimes, genetic material (DNA) from the virus mixes with the DNA in the cells of the nasopharynx. The change in DNA causes cells to grow and divide abnormally, causing cancer. Also the risk for nasopharyngeal cancer goes up if you eat a diet rich in salt-cured fish and meat. Tobacco and alcohol also increase the risk. You can put diagram together. ...Read more

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Can eb virus developing into nasopharyngeal carcinoma?

Can eb virus developing into nasopharyngeal carcinoma?

Yes: Ebv is an etiologic factor in nasopharyngeal cancer. But there are other unknown factors, as ebv is universal but nasopharyngeal carcinoma has restricted geographic distribution, more common in east asia; genetic factors are likely involved. ...Read more

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My mother has undifferentiated nasopharyngeal carcinoma, she finished her chemo, but it's still there.Her doctor says its ok, should I be worried?

My mother has undifferentiated  nasopharyngeal carcinoma, she finished her chemo, but it's still there.Her doctor says its ok, should I be worried?

Hard to say: The usual treatment for this disease is chemotherapy radiation and occasionally antibodies. I am not sure what was meant by "still there". I suggest that you ask her doctor to explain. I would expect that you will get the answer you need. ...Read more

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What is nasopharyngeal cancer?

Nose and throat CA.: This is cancer of the nose and throat. These are more common in the far east and mediterranian. This has a distinct histology, namely, nonkeratinizing undifferentiated carcinoma with infiltrating lymphocytes or lymphoepithelioma. This is also due to epstein-barr virus. Symptoms appear late in the course, and cause unilateral serous otitis media nasal obstruction or epistaxis. ...Read more