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  • 鼻咽癌难以捉摸 治愈率却极高

      本地羽毛球名将拿督李宗伟突然生病,而且还是癌症,举国哗然与忧心,因为大家担心再看不到他叱诧球场为国争光的身影;同时也疑惑,像他那样高度纪律高强度训练的体坛健将,在饮食与健康上肯定非常小心、也有专人照料,怎么会在被癌给盯上了? 今日,就一起认识这被癌界专科喻为“难以捉摸的癌症”——鼻咽癌! 叶育耀:经过全面的治疗,早期鼻咽癌的病人会有极高的治愈率,包括李宗伟,所以相信他也绝对可以继续如以往般,假以时日,再战球场。 马来西亚耳鼻喉科头颈外科协会前主席、耳鼻喉专科医生叶育耀医生(Dr Yap Yoke Yew)指出,鼻咽癌(NPC, Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma)是一种“难以捉摸”的癌症,因为它生长在鼻咽部,一个鼻腔后、喉咙上的隐蔽区域,“既看不到也摸不到”,使早期的检测极具有挑战。 另一方面,鼻咽癌的症状包括复视、唾液或鼻涕有血液、颈部肿块、耳鸣、丧失听觉,也往往让人误以为是其他病症如眼疾或一般小毛病,导致延误治疗。 叶育耀解释说:“即便做精密血液检查如‘EBV VCA/IgA抗体’、‘EBV EA/IgA抗体’和‘EBNAI IgA抗体’,我们只能预测到一个人是否属鼻咽癌风险群,但却无法确诊,除非耳鼻喉医生做鼻窦内窥镜扫瞄检查(Nasal Endoscopy)。 “须知做扫瞄时,若肿瘤尚未生长,病况是无法确诊的。这时,每半年复诊一次尤其重要,好尽早发现肿瘤及医治,因为鼻咽癌‘早期’一般只维持一年。” 早期也可能是第三期! 近日,社交媒体盛传拿督李宗伟是患上第三期鼻癌,然而羽总澄清他患的是早期鼻癌,可是依然有在流传,认为李宗伟是患上第三期?那第三期与早期,二者有别吗? 叶育耀解释,原来所谓鼻咽癌早期,在该癌症分类中通常是指第一至第三期,而最危险与棘手的属第四期!…

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  • Beware That Acid Backflow

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  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

    This Article Appears In Only Health Magazine, Mar/Apr 2011 Issue. By Dr Yap Yoke Yeow During sleep, the brain and body…

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  • Snoring: Should it be treated?

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