Surgery for nasopharyngeal cancer

Surgery is not a common treatment for nasopharyngeal cancer, but it can be used. Find out when you might need surgery and what to expect after the operation.

Types of surgery for nasopharyngeal cancer

Surgery is not a common treatment for nasopharyngeal cancer. You are more likely to have it for cancer that has come back in the nasopharynx or the lymph nodes in your neck.

Preparing for surgery for nasopharyngeal cancer

You may have tests to check you are fit enough for surgery and that you'll make a good recovery. You go to the pre assessment clinic a week or so before your operation to help prepare you.

Going into hospital for nasopharyngeal cancer surgery

Get tips on what you need to take in to hospital and what you might need to sort out before your hospital stay. Your nurse will go through a checklist to make sure you're ready for your operation.

After nasopharyngeal cancer surgery

Depending on the type of operation you have, you may stay in hospital for up to week afterwards. You will also need to give yourself time to recover once you are home. Find out about what to expect shortly after your operation. 

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