What is Nasopharyngeal carcinoma NPC

Nasopharyngeal carcinoma NPC is a rare tumor of the head and neck which originates in the nasopharynx. The nasopharynx is located at the very back of the nose near the Eustachian tubes.

Nasopharyngeal cancer caused 272 deaths in 2020, accounting for 1.8% of all cancer deaths. It was the eleventh leading cause of cancer deaths in Hong Kong.

Nasopharyngeal carcinoma NPC Causes

NPC having a diet very high in salt-cured meats and fish. coming into contact with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a common virus that causes glandular fever. having a job where you regularly come into contact with hardwood dust or a chemical called formaldehyde.

Nasopharyngeal carcinoma NPC Treatment

The main treatment for NPC is radiation therapy. It is often given in combination with chemotherapy. This approach may be called concomitant chemoradiotherapy. Surgery for NPC is occasionally used, mainly to remove lymph nodes after chemoradiotherapy or to treat NPC that has come back after initial treatment.

The information on this website is for general educational purpose only. Readers should consult their physician before considering treatment, and should not interpret their condition solely based on the information above.