Journal of Hong Kong College of Radiologists

Volume 4 Number 2, 2001

Primary Nasal Lymphoma

Department of Clinical Oncology, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong

Primary nasal lymphoma is a rare disease. It shows significant variability in incidence and immunophenotypic characteristics among different geographic areas. It is relatively common, among the Chinese people and more than half of the lesions are of the aggressive natural killer-/T-cell immunophenotype. Except for those patients with stage IE disease confined to the nasal cavity, the prognosis of patients with primary nasal lymphoma is unsatisfactory with current treatment. The optimal treatment for the disease remains unknown. The clinical features, pathology, prognostic factors, and treatment results for this disease are reviewed, and possible approaches to improving treatment are discussed. (J HK Coll Radiol 2001;4:128-132)

Key words : Chemotherapy, Immunophenotype, Lymphoma, Nasal cavity, Radiotherapy

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