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Treatment for nasopharyngeal cancer

The treatment you have depends on several things including where the cancer is, its size and whether it has spread (the stage), the type of nasopharyngeal cancer and your general health.

Who treats you for nasopharyngeal cancer?

A team of doctors and other health professionals discuss the best treatment and care for you.

Treatment options for nasopharyngeal cancer

Find out about the different types of treatment for nasopharyngeal cancer, and how your doctor decides which treatment you need.

Radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal cancer

Radiotherapy is the main type of treatment for nasopharyngeal cancers.

Chemotherapy for nasopharyngeal cancer

Chemotherapy uses anti cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells. You might have it along with radiotherapy or on its own.

Chemoradiotherapy for nasopharyngeal cancer

Having chemotherapy and radiotherapy at the same time is called chemoradiotherapy. 

Surgery for nasopharyngeal cancer

Find out why you might have surgery and what happens during and after the operation.

Follow up for nasopharyngeal cancer

After treatment you have regular check ups to find out how you are getting on and to look for any signs of the cancer coming back or spreading. This is called follow up.

Last reviewed: 
11 Feb 2021
Next review due: 
11 Feb 2024
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