What Is Nasopharyngeal Cancer?

Nasopharyngeal Cancer is a rarely occurring form of cancer usually classified under head and neck cancers. The nasopharynx is the affected area located behind the nose in the upper part of the throat. The nasopharynx is located above the roof of the mouth and at the base of the skull. The nostrils lead towards the nasopharynx.

Usually, nasopharyngeal cancer starts developing in the squamous cells that line the nasopharynx from the inside. The formation of malignant cancer cells in the tissues present in the nasopharynx leads to unpleasant medical conditions. It is also termed Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma or NPC.

The ayurvedic treatment for nasopharyngeal cancer focuses on the core issues of the problem and alleviates the symptoms of the same.

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What Are The Causes Of Nasopharyngeal Cancer?

The causes of nasopharyngeal cancer are not very clear. Based on observations and research works, the following information is available to the world:

  • Nasopharyngeal cancer has been linked with the EBV - Epstein-Barr virus. The connection between the two is not evident yet but it probably is involved with the modifications in the DNA. The virus may affect the DNA of the cells of the nasopharynx. This modification leads to the abnormal growth of the cell.
  • The chances of developing nasopharyngeal cancer are also increased when the food is rich in items like meat and salt-cured fish. Consumption of alcohol and tobacco too leads to an increased risk of tumour cells. Working around chemicals like formaldehyde and wood dust may also cause NPC.
  • If an individual has a family history of the disease, there is a probability that the person may get infected with the same. Since heredity plays a major role, it is important for the doctors as well to get both the medical and family history of the patient. Specific genes linked to the same could also be the reason for its development.

Types of Nasopharyngeal Cancer

The growth of cancer cells in the nasopharynx can either be benign or malignant. The non-cancerous or benign tumours can be found in young adults and children and are quite rare. Angiofibromas and haemangiomas, two small blood vessels, undergo growth in this type of cancer. The benign tumours of minor salivary glands can also be found in the nasopharynx.

Among malignant nasopharyngeal tumours, these are some of the major types:

  • Keratinising Squamous Cell Carcinoma

    The squamous cells are found in the lining of the nose, mouth, throat, and larynx. The presence of keratin in the cancer cells defines this type of cancer.

  • Non-keratinizing squamous cell carcinoma

    This is the most commonly occurring form of nasopharynx cancer in the body. There is an absence of keratin in the cancer cells.

  • Basaloid squamous cell cancer

    It is a rare type of cancer and an aggressive variant for sure. Most of them may be caused due to long-term exposure to UV rays.

Stages of Nasopharyngeal Cancer

Once the doctor has confirmed that the patient is suffering from nasopharyngeal cancer through diagnosis, he or she determines the level of complexity. This is termed staging.

  • Stage 0

    This is called carcinoma in situ which means that it is the area of origin of the abnormal cell division.

  • Stage 1

    This is basically the early stage or primary stage where the infection has not spread to the surrounding parts.

  • Stage 2

    At stage 2, the cancer cells may have just begun to start spreading in areas like lymph nodes. However, the distant body parts remain unaffected.

  • Stages 3 and 4
    • These are the advanced stages where the cancer cells spread through the lymphatic system to distant parts as well as the surrounding tissues.
    • If nasopharyngeal cancer returns even after the treatment, the condition is termed recurrent cancer.

Signs and Symptoms of Nasopharyngeal Cancer

In case you are experiencing following signs and symptoms then you should visit an experienced ayurvedic cancer doctor near you.

  • The patient might have formed a lump in the neck that the specialist can determine on physical examination.
  • Issues like blurred vision, face pain, numbness, and headache can be observed.
  • A feeling of ringing or fullness in the ear, or hearing loss can be witnessed in several cases.
  • Nose Bleeding, ear infections, sore throat, and stuffy nose also occur in patients suffering from nasopharyngeal cancer.
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What are the Complications of Nasopharyngeal Cancer?

Untreated tonsillar cancer will result in gradual growth and invasion of local structures. Invasion of the lateral pterygoid muscle, pterygoid plates, lateral nasopharynx, skull base and encasement around the carotid is suggestive of unresectable T4b disease in p16 negative cancers. Therefore, proper precautionary measures must be taken to ensure good oral health.

Why Choose Karma Ayurveda?

Karma Ayurveda focuses on restorative ayurveda tonsil cancer treatment that includes yoga and meditation to help recover energy and rejuvenate the body. Ayurvedic cancer specialists comprehend the composition of the body and work on the root causes of stress and disease. These treatments contribute to a higher quality of life. Healing treatments improve the immune system and reduce the risk of infection in any way.

Our Ayurvedacharyas deliver the best treatments with years of experience and a high level of professionalism. We give you high-quality results and effective therapies that improve your general health and alleviate the symptoms of connected ailments. Karma Ayurveda provides entirely ayurvedic, safe, and expertly monitored treatments.


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