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View in Spanish: Cáncer de la nasofaringe en estadio II

Stage II nasopharyngeal cancer (NAY-zoh-fuh-RIN-jee-ul KAN-ser)
Stage II is divided into stage IIA and stage IIB. In stage IIA, cancer has spread from the nasopharynx (the upper part of the throat behind the nose) to the oropharynx (the middle part of the throat that includes the soft palate, the base of the tongue, and the tonsils), and/or to the nasal cavity. In stage IIB, cancer is found in the nasopharynx and has spread to lymph nodes on one side of the neck, or has spread to the area surrounding the nasopharynx and may have spread to lymph nodes on one side of the neck.

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