Nasal and sinus cancer

Find everything you need to know about Nasal And Sinus Cancer including causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, with links to other useful resources.

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Key Information

What should I do?

If you think you have this condition you should see a doctor within 48 hours.

How is it diagnosed?

Your doctor might suspect nasal cancer based on your symptoms and physical examination findings. Tests such as a nasal endoscopy (where a long thin tube with a light and a camera is inserted into your nose to inspect the area) and imaging (such as a computerised tomography [CT]) scan, might be recommended.

What is the treatment?

If you are diagnosed with nasal cancer, then the treatment will depend on your general health and how far the tumour has spread.

  • If it is localised to your nose, then you might be treated with surgery, radiotherapy or a combination of both.
  • If the tumour has spread to other parts of the body, chemotherapy might be recommended to slow down or reverse the tumour growth.

Introduction

Nasal and sinus cancer is cancer that affects the nasal cavity (above the roof of your mouth) and the sinuses (small, air-filled cavities inside your nose, behind your cheekbones and forehead).

Fewer than 600 new cases of nasal and sinus cancer are diagnosed in the UK each year. This type of cancer is rare in people under 40, and men are twice as likely to be diagnosed with it than women.

The area where the nose and throat connect is called the nasopharynx. A specific type of cancer, called nasopharyngeal cancer, affects this area.

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