Treatment of nasopharyngeal carcinoma

J Med Assoc Thai. 1992 Aug;75(8):435-44.


Nasopharyngeal carcinoma is a common cancer among Thai males. When first seen, the disease is almost always locoregional. Evaluation of the tumor volume at the nasopharynx by computerized axial tomogram must be done prior to therapy. Treatment is done by radiation therapy to the nasopharynx and cervical lymph nodes, and is effective. Chemotherapy has high activity in this disease. However, more studies are needed to define its role. Side effects of treatment are radiation related, and confined to the area of previous radiation. They can be minimized if the patients strictly adhere to the physician's advice. Causes of treatment failure and death can be due to both locoregional failure and distant metastasis, notably to bone, liver and lungs.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma / mortality
  • Carcinoma / pathology
  • Carcinoma / radiotherapy
  • Carcinoma / therapy*
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / mortality
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / radiotherapy
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / therapy*
  • Chemotherapy, Adjuvant
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nasopharyngeal Neoplasms / mortality
  • Nasopharyngeal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Nasopharyngeal Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Nasopharyngeal Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Neoplasm Staging