Patient Comments: Nasopharyngeal Cancer - Symptoms


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Comment from: Emma, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: October 29

My mother (83) had a blocked nose, lack of taste and smell, watery eyes, hearing loss, lack of balance, and vision was getting worse. Doctor at first thought it was sinusitis. After MRI, it was diagnosed as nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Her symptoms also included diplopia (double vision), which she relieved by putting a patch on one eye) and facial palsy on one side, relieved with a palliative course of radiotherapy. Also, loss of appetite, mental confusion, and delirium. She died 6 months after diagnosis.

Comment from: Bikay, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

My symptoms for nasopharyngeal cancer were headache on one side, so I thought it was cluster headache. I then had ringing of the ears and double vision. I did have sinus problems like postnasal drip and frequent canker sores.

Comment from: Son of a Veteran, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 03

My father served during Vietnam War loading, transporting and draining herbicide barrels. Recurring pattern of sore throat, nasal congestion, headaches, facial numbness and swelling; began 3 months after return but doctors failed to diagnose his nasopharyngeal cancer until stage 4C.

Comment from: Still Alive, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 12

I had late stage III nasopharyngeal cancer in 1994. I had radiation therapy for 8 weeks. My message to those afflicted is, keep fighting the cancer. A positive attitude helps so don't give up.

Comment from: LDR, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 29

My 15 year old son was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, stage 4. His symptoms were a feeling of his ears being clogged, sore throat, swollen glands, neck aches, and stuffy nose. Mainly what really made us worry were his lymph nodes were visibly swollen. Every doctor that we saw, including an ENT Specialist just kept giving him antibiotics. If you suspect nasopharyngeal cancer, demand an MRI and biopsy. It's what saved my son's life.

Comment from: SurvivorTom, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 29

With my nasopharyngeal cancer I have a lump in my neck on the left side. I have a hard time breathing even hearing loss in my right ear. I even fell several times, and was diagnosed and treated. I now have a constant ringing in my ears and 95 percent hearing loss in my right ear and severe sinus problems 24/7. worked at an Asbestos factory for 18 years. Not sure that is what caused it.


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