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Nasopharyngeal carcinoma is a rare cancer that arises in a child’s nasal cavity and pharynx (throat). It is uncommon in children under age 10. Between 10 and 19, the incidence rises.
At Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, our pediatric cancer doctors have the expertise to treat children with rare cancers, such as nasopharyngeal cancer. When your child comes to us, they’ll receive care from top specialists
in the Rare Tumors Program, which is part of our Solid Tumor Center.
The most common symptoms of nasopharyngeal carcinoma include:
If we suspect your child has nasopharyngeal carcinoma, your doctor will order a variety of diagnostic tests. Testing may include imaging studies, blood tests, and a biopsy.
Your doctor will review the results to accurately diagnose the tumor and determine the best treatment plan for your child’s needs.
Your child’s medical team of pediatric cancer experts will suggest one of the following treatment options:
After treatment, we continue to care for you and your family through our pediatric cancer survivorship programs. We provide ongoing check-ups and offer resources
such as psychosocial counseling and support groups.
When children receive a combination of radiation therapy and chemotherapy, the overall survival rate is 55-80 percent. Recurrent nasopharyngeal carcinomas are challenging to treat, but the use of innovative cell therapy approaches has shown promising
We bring together a team of expert pediatric cancer specialists to treat children with nasopharyngeal carcinoma. View a complete list of the specialists in our Childhood Solid Tumor Center.
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