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What is Nasopharyngeal Cancer?

The nasopharynx is the area of the throat located behind the nose (not inside the nose). Nasopharyngeal cancers can form in the area behind the nose, the upper part of the throat and above the roof of the mouth.

Types of Nasopharyngeal Cancer

Nasopharyngeal cancer can manifest in several different ways, and depending on the type, will require different treatment plans.

Types of nasopharyngeal cancer treated by the Penn Head and Neck Cancer team include:

Symptoms of Nasopharyngeal Cancer

Symptoms of nasopharyngeal cancers may include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Difficult time opening mouth
  • Double vision
  • Ear infection
  • Ear fullness 
  • Ear pain
  • Headaches and hearing loss
  • Mass in neck
  • Nosebleeds
  • Pain or numbness in face
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy nose