Nasopharyngeal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the lining of the nasal cavity (inside of the nose) and throat. It is rare in children younger than 10 and more common in teenagers.
Approximately 1.6 million new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the United States in 2014. Many patients diagnosed with cancer will eventually require support from a family caregiver. In fact, family caregivers form the foundation of the health care system in the United States, supporting advances in treatment such as multimodality treatment protocols given in outpatient and home settings.
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See the General Information section for a description of these tests and procedures.
Other tests used to diagnose or stage nasopharyngeal cancer include the following:
Nasoscopy: A procedure in which a doctor inserts a nasoscope (a thin, lighted tube) into the patient's nose to look for abnormal areas.
Neurological exam: A series of questions and tests to check the brain, spinal cord, and nerve function. The exam checks a person's mental status, coordination, and ability to walk normally, and how well the muscles, senses, and reflexes work. This may also be called a neuro exam or a neurologic exam.
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) tests: Blood tests to check for antibodies to the Epstein-Barr virus and DNA markers of the Epstein-Barr virus. These are found in the blood of patients who have been infected with EBV.
The prognosis (chance of recovery) for most young patients with nasopharyngeal cancer is very good. The prognosis and treatment options depend on the following:
The size of the tumor at diagnosis.
Whether the tumor has spread to nearby tissues, lymph nodes, or distant parts of the body.