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Nasopharyngeal Cancer

A disease in which cancerous cells are found in the tissues of the nasopharynx – the upper part of the throat (also called the pharynx) located behind the nose. The holes in the nose through which people breathe lead into the nasopharynx. Two openings on the side of the nasopharynx lead into the ear. The nasopharynx sits above the soft palate.