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Nasopharyngeal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®)

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Last Modified: 10/12/2012

Stage II Nasopharyngeal Cancer

Current Clinical Trials

Standard treatment options:

  1. Chemoradiation therapy followed by adjuvant chemotherapy, as was used in the INT-0099 trial, for example.[1][Level of evidence: 3iiiA] (Patients with parapharyngeal extension were originally staged as T3 in the INT-0099 study and are now considered T2 in the current staging.)

  2. High-dose radiation therapy to the primary tumor site and prophylactic radiation therapy to the nodal drainage.[2]

Current Clinical Trials

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with stage II nasopharyngeal cancer. The list of clinical trials can be further narrowed by location, drug, intervention, and other criteria.

General information about clinical trials is also available from the NCI Web site.

References
  1. Cheng SH, Tsai SY, Yen KL, et al.: Concomitant radiotherapy and chemotherapy for early-stage nasopharyngeal carcinoma. J Clin Oncol 18 (10): 2040-5, 2000.  [PUBMED Abstract]

  2. Xiao WW, Han F, Lu TX, et al.: Treatment outcomes after radiotherapy alone for patients with early-stage nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 74 (4): 1070-6, 2009.  [PUBMED Abstract]