Patient Comments: Nasopharyngeal Cancer - Tests

Please describe the tests and exams that led to a diagnosis of nasopharyngeal cancer.

Comment from: waves, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I had no symptoms nasopharyngeal cancer. I fell and hit my head and went to the emergency room (ER) for stitches and CT scan. My primary doctor followed up and wanted a PET scan and MRI as he saw something suspicious on the CT scan. So this ended up with me being diagnosed with pharyngeal cancer with left neck lymph node involvement, by and oncologist/radiologist and ENT doctor.

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Comment from: Valkyrie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

A few months ago I blew an item out of my nose. It was skin colored and raspberry-like in appearance. There was a bit of bleeding, but not significant. Three weeks ago my nose would bleed when I blew it. There was a little at first, but it is getting progressively worse. I woke with my mouth and nasopharnyx full of blood and it took an hour to stop. I saw an ENT. He attempted to take it out in his office but could not. He sent the sample of what came out to pathology. I had a CT of the head and neck. The next day, I found that it was squamous cell, poorly differentiated, non-keritizing, basaloid featured cancer. I had outpatient surgery the following day. I understand it is stage 1. I had a PET scan that was clean.

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