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How are stages of nasopharyngeal cancer defined?

Stages of nasopharyngeal cancer are defined by how far the cancer has spread and the size of the tumors. Stage I is characterized by the cancer being confined to the nasopharynx. In the second stage, the cancer has spread to other tissues inside the throat and possibly to lymph nodes on one side of the neck. When cancer spreads to lymph nodes and the other side of your neck as well, the nasopharyngeal cancer is in stage III. Nasopharyngeal cancer is in its final stage when it has spread to another body part or to the nerves of your face. It is also in the final stage if it has reached your skull or lower throat.

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