Nasopharyngeal Cancer | Diagnosis & Tests

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How can my doctor tell if I have nasopharyngeal cancer?

Your doctor might use endoscopy (say: "in-dos-ko-pee") to try to see the cancer. For this exam, a thin tube with a very small camera on the end is put into your nose. This lets your doctor get a closer look at the cancer tumor.

During endoscopy, your doctor might take a small piece from the tumor. This is called a biopsy sample. The piece of tumor is then sent to a lab where it is looked at under a microscope.

Your doctor might also send you to have an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). This exam takes a special "picture" of your nasopharynx so that your doctor can see the size of the tumor.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 05/01

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