Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma


About nasopharyngeal carcinoma in children

Nasopharyngeal carcinoma is a rare cancer that arises in the upper part of the throat behind the nose. It is associated with Epstein Barr Virus infection in children. Children usually present with advanced stage disease with involvement of the lymph glands in the neck. We treat children with nasopharyngeal carcinoma with combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.


Researchers at Texas Children's Cancer Center are undertaking a ground breaking clinical trial to train patient's own immune system to kill nasopharyngeal cancer cells. More information on this research can be found here. In order to further the understanding of nasopharyngeal cancer in children and improve their outcomes, we have established the North American Pediatric Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma Registry. Email us at raretumors@texaschildrens.org to get information on how to enroll in the registry.

Second opinions

We welcome oncologists to contact us for second opinion consultations about the care and management of individual patients.


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