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Cancer of the Nasopharynx Staging

Staging is the process of determining whether cancer has spread and, if so, how far. It is important to know the stage of the disease in order to plan treatment.

What Are the Stages of Nasopharyngeal Cancer?

Two doctors discuss the stage of nasopharyngeal caner
A doctor  will conduct tests to determine the
stage of nasopharyngeal cancer, which is
then used develop an appropriate treatment plan.

The following stages are used for nasopharyngeal cancer:

Stage 0 (Carcinoma in Situ)

In stage 0, abnormal cells are found in the lining of the nasopharynx. These abnormal cells may become cancer and spread into nearby normal tissue. Stage 0 is also called carcinoma in situ.

Stage I

In stage I, cancer has formed and the cancer:

The oropharynx is the middle part of the throat and includes the soft palate, the base of the tongue, and the tonsils.

Stage II

In stage II nasopharyngeal cancer, the cancer:

The oropharynx is the middle part of the throat and includes the soft palate, the base of the tongue, and the tonsils. The parapharyngeal space is a fat-filled, triangular area near the pharynx, between the base of the skull and the lower jaw.

Stage III

In stage III nasopharyngeal cancer, the cancer:

The oropharynx is the middle part of the throat and includes the soft palate, the base of the tongue, and the tonsils. The parapharyngeal space is a fat-filled, triangular area near the pharynx, between the base of the skull and the lower jaw.

Stage IV

Stage IV nasopharyngeal cancer is divided into stages IVA, IVB, and IVC.

Recurrent Nasopharyngeal Cancer

Recurrent nasopharyngeal cancer is cancer that has recurred (come back) after it has been treated. The cancer may come back in the nasopharynx or in other parts of the body.

 

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