Nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) begins at the junction of the back of the nose and the top of the throat (pharynx), an area called the nasopharynx. The cells lining the nasopharynx can become cancerous and give rise to nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) – a form of nose cancer. This usually happens when the cells behave abnormally and a cancerous lump is formed in the nasopharynx.
A small group patients with dermatomyositis may also
have a slightly higher risk of developing NPC.
*People who think they may be at risk should discuss this with their doctor.
*A doctor should be consulted should the above symptoms occur.
There is currently no firm way to prevent NPC. Family members of NPC patients may wish to be screened.
If NPC is suspected, your doctor may suggest performing a nasal endoscopy. This involves inserting a thin flexible tube (with a camera mounted at one end) into your nasopharynx through your nose. A small tissue sample (biopsy) may also be removed for testing.
At the NCIS, our patients are managed by a team of cancer specialists and health professionals from various disciplines. From pathologists and radiologists to medical oncologists and surgeons, we believe that a multidisciplinary approach will give our patients comprehensive and holistic care. A treatment plan will be developed to fit each patient's needs and may include one or a combination of the following treatments.
Radiation Therapy is commonly used to treat NPC cancer. NPC patients are usually treated with Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) which focuses high-energy radiation beams from outside the body on the cancer, killing the cancer cells in the process.
Chemotherapy is usually used as a supplementary treatment to radiation therapy and is either taken as a pill or through the vein. Two common ways in which it can be administered are:
The Head and Neck Cancer / NPC Treatment Team at NCIS is
spearheaded by Associate Professor Thomas Loh and he is accompanied by his team
of medical professionals across the areas of surgical oncology, diagnostic
imaging, pathology, haematology-oncology and radiation oncology.
The team is committed to delivering
uncompromised and dedicated clinical research, expertise and care in the
prevention, management and cure of Head and Neck Cancer / NPC.
Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery