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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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...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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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 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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What is nasopharyngeal cancer?

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

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What are symptoms of nasopharyngeal cancer?

Symptoms: The most common presenting complaints in patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma are headache and a mass in the neck, due to metastases to lymph gland on the neck. Nasal obstruction with nose bleed, and serous otitis media also could happen. ...Read more

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What are the signs of nasopharyngeal cancer?

What are the signs of nasopharyngeal cancer?

Several: The most common presenting sign is a neck mass (which means that the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes). Some other signs are fluid in one ear, nasal obstruction or bleeding, problems with eye movement on one side, and difficulty swallowing. If there is concern please see your doctor asap! an ENT doctor or head and neck cancer surgeon can help. ...Read more

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What are the chances of curing nasopharyngeal cancer?

What are the chances of curing nasopharyngeal cancer?

Depend on the stage: The chance is pretty good . However, off course, it will depend on the stage. The earlier the stage the higher your chance to have the nasopharyngeal cancer cured. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of nasopharyngeal cancer?

What are the common symptoms of nasopharyngeal cancer?

#1 is neck mass.: The most common presenting symptom of nasopharyngeal cancer is painless enlargement of lymph node(s) in the neck. This is followed by nasal symptoms such as discharge, bleeding, blocked nose. Next common would be ear symptoms such as hearing loss and ringing in the ears. Other symptoms include headache, vision problems, facial numbness, weight loss, jaw joint problems, and slurred speech. ...Read more

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How long can you survive stage 4a nasopharyngeal cancer?

How long can you survive  stage 4a nasopharyngeal cancer?

Can still be cured: Treatment will require multidisciplinary approach- which will include medical oncologist, radiation oncologist , and perhaps surgical oncologist. 5 year survival depending on the low or high pretherapy ebv dna- is 66% and 54% respectively. See your medical team ( medical oncologist /radiation oncologist ) and discuss further with your mds in detail. ...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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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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What causes nasopharyngeal cancer? I don't smoke and drink.

What causes nasopharyngeal cancer?  I don't smoke and drink.

Unclear: Smoking and drinking contribute to the development of nasopharynx cancer, but not as clearly as with other head and neck cancers. It is a cancer that is more common in asia and the middle east, more common in men than woman, and is thought to be related in part to epstein barr virus infection, it is also more common in cultures with high intake of salted or pickled foods (like fish). ...Read more

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Is integrative medicine effective for curing nasopharyngeal cancer?

Is integrative medicine effective for curing nasopharyngeal cancer?

If proper drugs used: Integrative therapy may be effective if it includes appropriate medications shown to be effective in clinical trials. The likelihood of cure is not likely to be improved by other modalities in "integrative" therapy. ...Read more

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Can nosebleeds be a sign of nasopharyngeal cancer?

Can nosebleeds be a sign of nasopharyngeal cancer?

Yes: Nosebleeds are common and can be a sign of nasopharyngeal cancer. Nasopharyngeal cancer however is rare. If there are concerns, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Could a sinus CT scan pick up nasopharyngeal cancer?

Maybe: If there is suspicion of a nasopharyngeal cancer, a thorough head and neck exam should be done. This should include nasal endoscopy to directly visualize the area. If a mass is seen, a biopsy is indicated. ...Read more

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7 CM ovarian cyst, ca-125 levels elevated (48), roma score & all blood tests good. Previously had nasopharyngeal cancer. Recurrence or endometrioma?

7 CM ovarian cyst, ca-125 levels elevated (48), roma score & all blood tests good. Previously had nasopharyngeal cancer. Recurrence or endometrioma?

Likely endometrioma: At your age, ovarian cancer would be exceedingly rare. Ca-125 levels can be elevated in young women for a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with cancer. Nasopharyngeal cancer and ovarian have no relation to each other. Your doctor should tell you what features or characteristics the ovarian cyst has, this will tell you what kind of cyst it is. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the survival rates for ovarian cancer?

What are the survival rates for ovarian cancer?

Depends on stage: Unfortunately, the survival rates for advanced ovarian cancer remain poor, despite advances in treatment. The overall survival at 5 years is 46%. However, survival varies greatly depending on the stage at diagnosis. Those diagnosed at stage I have a 5 year survival rate of around 80%, stage ii is around 55%, stage iii is around 30%, and stage IV is around 10%. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with cervical cancer. What are the rates for cancer survival with this?

I was just diagnosed with cervical cancer. What are the rates for cancer survival with this?

As with most...: ...Other cancers, it depends on the stage and your general health. If you provide that info we may be able to give you an idea. Be sure your doctor has expertise in treating gyn cancers. Best to you. ...Read more

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Hello, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. What are the rates for cancer survival with this?

Hello, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. What are the rates for cancer survival with this?

Can't tell: Sorry to hear you were diagnosed with this. Chances of survival vary depending on the stage, from highly curable (if early) to essentially incurable (if metastatic). If you provide more info, we could give you statistics but remember dear, odds don't apply to individuals, only to populations, so get a good team of docs and fight well. I pray you do well. ...Read more