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    Living With Cancer: Nasopharyngeal carcinoma

a medical illustration of nasopharyngeal carcinoma

Nasopharyngeal carcinoma
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma is cancer that occurs in the nasopharynx, which is located behind your nose and above the back of your throat. This type of cancer is rare in the U.S. It occurs much more frequently in other parts of the world, especially Southeast Asia. It can be difficult to detect early because the nasopharynx isn't easy to examine and symptoms of nasopharyngeal carcinoma mimic those of other more common conditions. Treatment usually involves radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a combination of the two. Learn more about the symptoms and risk factors for nasopharyngeal carcinoma. You can also connect here with others who are discussing head and neck cancer.

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Treating throat cancer
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