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Can surgery cure nasopharyngeal cancer?

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Surgery can sometimes cure nasopharyngeal cancer if all of the tumor and cancer cells are removed. But the surgery can be difficult because of the tumor's location near the skull. It may cause permanent damage to the eye and other nearby structures.

Not all people with nasopharyngeal cancer can have surgery. Your doctor will consider the location and stage of your tumor when discussing your treatment options.

From: Nasopharyngeal Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society web site: "Nasopharyngeal Cancer."

National Cancer Institute web site: "Nasopharyngeal Cancer."

Cummings, C.W., Flint, P.W., Haughey, B.H., editors. 5th ed., Mosby Elsevier, 2010. Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery.

Carey, W.D., editor, , 2nd ed., Saunders Elsevier, 2010. Cleveland Clinic: Current Clinical Medicine 2010

Abeloff, M.D., Armitage, J.O., Niederhuber, J.E., Kastan, M.B., McKenna, W.G., editors, , 4th ed., Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, 2008. Abeloff’s Clinical Oncology

Hui, E.P., Chan, A.T.C., Le, Q-T. "Treatment of early and locoregionally advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma," UpToDate version 19.2; September 2011, last updated Nov. 14, 2011.

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 17, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society web site: "Nasopharyngeal Cancer."

National Cancer Institute web site: "Nasopharyngeal Cancer."

Cummings, C.W., Flint, P.W., Haughey, B.H., editors. 5th ed., Mosby Elsevier, 2010. Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery.

Carey, W.D., editor, , 2nd ed., Saunders Elsevier, 2010. Cleveland Clinic: Current Clinical Medicine 2010

Abeloff, M.D., Armitage, J.O., Niederhuber, J.E., Kastan, M.B., McKenna, W.G., editors, , 4th ed., Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, 2008. Abeloff’s Clinical Oncology

Hui, E.P., Chan, A.T.C., Le, Q-T. "Treatment of early and locoregionally advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma," UpToDate version 19.2; September 2011, last updated Nov. 14, 2011.

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 17, 2018

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