Nasopharyngeal cancer, or upper pharyngeal cancer, occurs in the part of the throat that opens into the nasal cavity. This discomfort can give symptoms at an early stage, as well as be felt by the cancer patient at an advanced stage. So what is nasopharyngeal cancer, what are its symptoms?

The nasopharynx is also called the transitional zone, which connects the nasal cavity, nasal cavity and oral cavity. This area is not visible to the eye through the nose, so it can be viewed through the nose with an endoscope device.

What is nasopharyngeal cancer?

Cancer that appears from the nasopharynx area is called nasopharyngeal cancer. Benign or malignant tumors can be encountered in this area. If a lesion or a mass is observed in the nasopharynx area in an adult patient, it should definitely be examined in detail.

What are the symptoms of nasopharyngeal cancer?

The appearance of blood in the saliva

– Mass on the neck

– Nosebleeds and nasal congestion

– Loss of hearing

– Dizziness, headache, staggering while walking, double vision, loss of strength in arms and legs, having a sara seizure

– Back, lower back or hip pain that becomes more pronounced when you lie down

– Weight loss

– Extreme malaise

– Ear congestion and ear buzzing.

Some of these signs are caused by the effect of the disease on the area where it is located, while others may occur when the disease spreads to other organs. Some of the above-mentioned signs can also be seen in non-cancerous conditions that resolve easily, while others have characteristics specific to this disease.

What causes nasopharyngeal cancer?

In nasopharyngeal cancer, as in all cancers, it is difficult to accurately determine the causative agent of the disease. Some factors that increase the risk of developing the disease are as follows;

– Epstein-Barr virus infection

– The presence of other people with nasopharyngeal cancer in the family

– Excessive consumption of salted foods

– It can occur more often in men than in women.

How is nasopharyngeal cancer treated?

In patients with a diagnosis of nasopharyngeal cancer, treatment is determined by the oncology Turkish doctor, taking into account the characteristics of the patient.

In the early stages, treatment is carried out with chemotherapy, as well as radiotherapy. In this disease, surgical treatment cannot be performed because the area where the disease is located does not allow surgery. In the advanced stage, treatment is with chemotherapy drugs in Turkey.

Nutrition and exercise in nasopharyngeal cancer should also be regulated as part of treatment.


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Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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