PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How is palliative therapy used to treat nasopharyngeal cancer?

ANSWER

At this time, there is no cure for head and neck cancer that has spread, or metastasized. At that point, the goal of treatment is to control symptoms and make you as comfortable as possible. This is called palliative therapy.

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 Gabriela Pichardo on January 20, 2020

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 Gabriela Pichardo on January 20, 2020

NEXT QUESTION:

How can clinical trials help with nasopharyngeal cancer?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

"ALEXA, ASK WEBMD"

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.