The nasopharynx is the upper part of the pharynx (throat) located behind the nose. Air and food pass through the pharynx on the way to the trachea (windpipe) or the esophagus. The nostrils lead into the nasopharynx. Both sides of the nasopharynx have an opening leading to the ears. This cancer most commonly starts in the squamous cells that line the nasopharynx. East Asian patients and those exposed to the Epstein-Barr virus are more prone to develop nasopharyngeal cancer. Trouble breathing, speaking, or hearing can be symptoms.
Why Choose Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center?
More board-certified head and neck surgical specialists than any other South Florida provider. Our team offers advanced, simplified surgery solutions. In the majority of cases requiring reconstruction, you have just one operation for cancer removal and any reconstructive surgery. Sylvester is one of the best places in the country for simultaneous head and neck cancer surgery and microvascular reconstruction.
Advanced radiation oncology tools. Sylvester is one of only five medical centers in the country with ViewRay™ — MRI-guided radiation therapy. Our RapidArc® radiotherapy system delivers intensity modulated external radiation therapy (IMRT). These tools lead to more efficient and effective treatments, shorter treatment times, pinpoint accuracy in tumor targeting, and less damage to surrounding healthy tissue.