Together, you and your doctor come up with a treatment plan depending on the stage of your cancer, your treatment objectives, your general health, and the side effects you're willing to put up with.
1. Radiation therapy or a radiation and chemotherapy combination is typically used as the first step in the treatment of nasopharyngeal cancer.
2. High-powered energy beams, such as X-rays or protons, are used in radiation therapy to kill cancer cells. External beam radiation is the typical method used to give radiation therapy for nasopharyngeal cancer. You will be lying on a table during this process as a big machine is moved around you to direct radiation to the exact location where your cancer can be targeted.
3. Radiation therapy may be the sole treatment needed for tiny nasopharyngeal tumors. In other cases, radiation therapy and chemotherapy may be used together.
4. There is a chance that radiation therapy will cause adverse effects such as transient skin redness, hearing loss, and dry mouth.
5. Especially when chemotherapy is included, radiation therapy for the head and neck sometimes results in severe mouth and throat sores. It can be challenging to eat or drink while these sores are present. If this happens, your doctor can advise placing a tube in your stomach or throat. You receive food and liquids through the tube while your mouth and throat heal.
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