Nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) is most often diagnosed when a patient goes to a doctor because of symptoms or a lump in the neck.
Here are signs and symptoms of nasopharyngeal cancer
- Hearing loss, ringing in the ear, or feeling of fullness in the ear (especially on one side only)
- Ear infections that keep coming back
- Nasal blockage or stuffiness
- Facial pain or numbness
- Trouble opening the mouth
- Blurred or double vision
About 3 out of 4 patients complain of a lump or mass in the neck when they first see their doctor. This is caused by the cancer spreading to lymph nodes in the neck, causing them to become larger than normal.
These are possible symptoms and signs of NPC, but they are more likely to be caused by benign diseases. Still, if you have any of these problems, it’s important to see your doctor right away so the cause can be found and treated, if needed. If you develop a middle ear infection in one ear and you have never had ear infections in the past, it is important that a specialist examine your nasopharyx.