Nasopharyngeal cancer

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If nasopharyngeal cancer spreads

Cancer cells can spread from the nasopharynx to other parts of the body. This spread is called metastasis.

Understanding how a type of cancer usually grows and spreads helps your healthcare team plan your treatment and future care. If nasopharyngeal cancer spreads, it can spread to the following:

  • lymph nodes in the neck (cervical lymph nodes)
  • the pharyngeal wall
  • the oropharynx
  • the hypopharynx
  • the nasal cavity and sinuses
  • the base of the skull
  • cranial nerves
  • the eye
  • jaw muscles
  • the skull
  • the bone
  • the lung
  • the liver
  • the brain (rarely)

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