chapter  8
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma
ByRaymond King-Yin Tsang, Dora Lai-Wan Kwong
Pages 22

INTRODUCTION The nasopharynx is situated deep inside the head and the carcinoma arising in the epithelium of the nasopharynx has a different aetiology, epidemiology and biology compared to other cancers of the upper aerodigestive tract. The deep location of the nasopharynx and the wide spectrum of presenting symptoms make early diagnosis difcult. The distinct tumour biology requires different staging and treatment paradigms compared to other head and neck cancers. Nasopharyngeal carcinoma has been called an enigmatic tumour.1