Nasopharyngeal cancer

The nasopharynx is the upper part of the throat, behind the nose. Cancers that develop here are called nasopharyngeal cancers.

Nasopharyngeal cancer is rare in the UK. Risk factors include the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), smoking and alcohol.

Patients may notice a lump in the neck, blocked nose, nose bleed, changes in hearing, earache. Nasopharyngeal cancer is often treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy.