Nasopharyngeal carcinoma in young patients

A. Y.C. Chang, S. W.C. Su, S. H. Zen, W. C.C. Wang

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We have reviewed retrospectively the records of 157 patients, ≤30 years of age with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) from 218 such cases identified in the tumor registry files of three major teaching hospitals in Taipei, Taiwan. These cases were diagnosed between 1 January 1982 and 31 December 1985, with a minimum follow-up of 2 years. The average age was 25, with a male/female ratio of 1.67. The TNM (tumor size, nodes, metastases) classification of 127 patients showed T1, 22%; T2, 33.1%; T3, 23.6%; T4, 21.3%; N0, 26%; N1, 16.5%; N2, 27.6%; N3, 30%; and M1, 13.4%. Antibody titer to Epstein-Barr virus capsular antigen (EBVCA) were elevated in 45 of 48 patients tested. Of the 29 patients who had hepatitis B (HB) viral survey done 34.5% were positive for HB surface antigen (HBsAg). Of 13 patients with elevated EBVCA antibody who were also tested for HB, six were HBsAg carrier. Actuarial survival rates of 2 and 3 years are 70 and 62%, respectively, among the 90 patients who were followed regularly or to death. HBsAg carriers and patients with M1 disease had a shorter survival time. We concluded that patients < 30 years of age seemed to have an increased incidence of NPC, compared to that in an earlier report. Our patients frequently presented with advanced stage and poor prognosis. The high rate of HB carrier raises the possibility that HBV may play a role in the carcinogenesis and tumor growth in some NPC patients. Future prospective studies are needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Oncology: Cancer Clinical Trials
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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