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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Cáncer de la nasofaringe

Nasopharyngeal cancer (NAY-zoh-fuh-RIN-jee-ul KAN-ser)
Cancer that forms in tissues of the nasopharynx (upper part of the throat behind the nose). Most nasopharyngeal cancers are squamous cell carcinomas (cancer that begins in flat cells lining the nasopharynx).

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.