The nasal cavity and surrounding sinuses assist in maintaining the functionality and structure of the head and neck area, and are essential in our everyday lives. Lined with a layer of mucous tissue, these structures are susceptible to the abnormal cell development that can lead to cancerous tumor formation.
Nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancers tend to develop most often in patients who smoke, have a family history of cancer, or are frequently exposed to dust, flour, radium and other substances as part of their job. Patients with this type of cancer often experience:
- Nasal Decongestion, Decreased sense of smell
- Facial pain, Watery eyes, Post-nasal drip
- Vision loss, Nosebleeds
If cancer is suspected, your doctor will perform a series of tests, such as endoscopy, CT scan or biopsy to diagnose and stage your condition. Treatment for cancer of the nose or sinuses usually involves surgery to remove the tumor and surrounding tissue, which may be performed in conjunction with chemotherapy or radiation therapy to ensure complete removal. The location of each patient’s tumor is essential in determining whether or not surgery is possible.