What is Nasopharyngeal Cancer?
Nasopharyngeal cancer affects the tissues of the nasopharynx, which is the upper part of the throat just behind the nose. The cancer usually begins in the squamous cells that line the part of the throat located right behind the mouth.
This type of cancer can be caused by a number of things such as environmental exposures. Nasopharyngeal cancer has also been linked to consistent exposure to formaldehyde, particularly in workplace environments where the Formaldehyde is used to manufacture products. For instance textile mills such as carpet manufacturing, pressed wood factories, paint factory, fabric manufacturing and more.
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Symptoms of Nasopharyngeal Cancer
The symptoms of nasopharyngeal cancer can be quite serious, and include trouble speaking, hearing and even breathing. This is combined with other known symptoms, including a lump in the nose or neck, nosebleeds, sore throat, ringing of the ear and constant headaches.
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms and feel that you may be at risk for nasopharyngeal cancer, you should consult your physician as soon as possible.
Treatment Options For Nasopharyngeal Cancer
Fortunately, there are a number of effective treatment options for those suffering with nasopharyngeal cancer. While some of these treatments are still in their clinical trials, others have been studied and proven to be effective in treating nasopharyngeal cancer.
Chemotherapy involves the use of drugs to prevent the growth of cancer cells, and can be taken either orally or by injection into a vein or muscle. These drugs will be directed toward the cancerous area.
This treatment option uses high-energy x-rays to prevent the spread of cancer cells. There are two types of radiation therapy, including external, which sends radiation from outside the body toward the cancer, and internal, which uses needles or wires to direct radiation to the area of the body the cancer is affecting.
Surgery involves seeking out where the cancer is and removing it via a medical operation. This option is most often used when radiation and chemotherapy are deemed ineffective.
This form of treatment uses an individual’s own immune system to fight cancerous cells, bolstered by laboratory substances that help restore the body’s natural defense mechanisms. It is still largely in the clinical phases of development, but has a lot of potential to help patients fight nasopharyngeal cancer.
In most cases, these treatments can be painful and costly. You may not be able to continue working, who will compensate you for your lost wages and earning potential?
Legal assistance for nasopharyngeal cancer cases
At Allen Steward, PC, we can handle your formaldehyde exposure case that has resulted in nasopharyngeal cancer. Whether you have been exposed to harmful chemicals in the workplace or in your home, we’ll provide the legal assistance you need to keep you moving forward.
When you work with us, you will be working with a legal team that cares about you and your family’s recovery. To learn more, we invite you to contact one of our experienced injury attorneys today.
The lawyers at Allen Steward, PC are here to help people who are suffering from illnesses due to exposure to formaldehyde and other types of dangerous chemicals. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer, you need to work with an injury attorney you can trust.