Jefferson University Hospitals

Nasopharyngeal Cancer

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Nasopharyngeal cancer develops in the back of the nose toward the base of the skull. When tumors appear in the nasopharynx, they can block the passageway for air from the nose to the throat, causing trouble breathing, speaking or hearing. For expert diagnosis and treatment of nasopharyngeal cancer, turn to the otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat physicians) at Jefferson.

Recognized by U.S.News & World Report as among the best in the nation for Ear, Nose and Throat, our otolaryngologists may perform the following tests and procedures to examine your throat and windpipe for signs of cancer:

  • Physical exam and history
  • Neurological exam
  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • Head and chest X-ray
  • PET scan
  • Biopsy

Treatment options depend on the stage of the cancer, the location of the tumor and your age and health.