What is nasopharyngeal carcinoma?
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the nasal cavity and the pharynx, the upper part of the throat behind the nose. This cancer is called a carcinoma because it begins in the cells that line the throat and nose.
Childhood nasopharyngeal carcinoma is more common in adolescents than in younger children. Because this cancer is rare and has no distinguishing symptoms, it may take time to detect and diagnose a tumor. If left untreated, nasopharyngeal cancer can spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body and lead to death.