Nasopharyngeal cancer is a rare type of head and neck cancer. It starts in the upper part of your throat, behind the nose. This area is called the nasopharynx.
The nasopharynx is precariously placed at the base of your skull, above the roof of your mouth. Your nostrils open into the nasopharynx. When you breathe, air flows through your nose into your throat and nasopharynx, and eventually into your lungs.
Symptoms of nasopharyngeal cancer may include:
- Blurry or double vision
- Difficulty speaking, including hoarseness
- Ear infections that keep coming back
- Face pain or numbness
- Hearing loss, ringing in the ears, or a feeling of fullness in the ear
- Lump in neck or nose
- Stuffy nose