Nasal cancer

Specialty of Oral & maxillofacial surgery

What is nose and sinus cancer?

Nose and sinus cancer is a type of head and neck cancer concentrated in the nasal passages and sinuses.

What are the symptoms of nose and sinus cancer?

This rare type of cancer has symptoms similar to that of the common cold or flu, which can make it difficult to spot. These symptoms include:

  • Persistent blocked nose, usually only affecting one nostril
  • Nosebleeds
  • Mucus running out of the nose or down the back of the throat
  • Decreased ability to smell

The symptoms tend to be long-lasting, rather than disappearing after a few days like a cold.

Diagnosis and treatment of nasal cancer

Diagnostic methods are usually biopsy and various imaging tests (radiology, CT). Treatment is based on surgical removal and associated radiotherapy. Microsurgery to reconstruct the areas and restore the functionality and appearance of the organ to the patient may be required depending on the extent of the surgery.
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