Nasopharyngeal carcinoma is a rare cancer that arises in the nasal cavity and pharynx (throat). It is uncommon in children under age 10, but the incidence rises between the ages of 10 and 19. These tumors, which are strongly associated with Epstein-Barr virus, can spread to the base of the skull, causing cranial nerve palsy, which can result in the paralysis of facial muscles or difficulty moving the jaw. They can also spread to more distant sites such as the lungs, bones or liver.
Children with nasopharyngeal carcinoma are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center through our Solid Tumor Center. Continue reading to learn more about nasopharyngeal carcinoma or visit the Rare Tumors Treatment Program homepage to learn about our expertise and treatment options.
The most common
symptoms of nasopharyngeal carcinoma include:
In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, nasopharyngeal
carcinoma is diagnosed with:
After all tests are completed, doctors will be able to outline the best
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma is treated with: