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Nasal and sinus cancer

Nasal and sinus cancer is a rare type of cancer that affects inside your nose and the spaces behind your nose, cheekbones or forehead.

Common symptoms of nasal and sinus cancer include a long-lasting blocked nose, frequent nosebleeds and a reduced sense of smell.

Treatments for nasal and sinus cancer include surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

You're more at risk of nasal and sinus cancer if you're a man, you work with certain substances (such as wood dust or certain metals) or you smoke.

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Common symptoms of nasal and sinus cancer include a long-lasting blocked nose, frequent nosebleeds and a reduced sense of smell.

Symptoms of nasal and sinus cancer

The most common symptoms of nasal and sinus cancer are:

These symptoms can be similar to more common and less serious conditions, such as a cold or sinusitis.

At a later stage, symptoms can include:

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Treatments for nasal and sinus cancer include surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Medical treatments

The treatment recommended for you will depend on several factors, including the stage at which the cancer was diagnosed, how far it's spread, and your general level of health.

Treatment may include:

  • surgery to remove a tumour – this can be performed through open surgery or as keyhole surgery through the nose (endoscopic microsurgery)
  • radiotherapy – where high-energy radiation is used to kill the cancerous cells, shrink a tumour before surgery, or destroy small pieces of a tumour that may be left after surgery
  • chemotherapy – where medicine is used to help shrink or slow down the growth of a tumour, or reduce the risk of the cancer returning after surgery

If you smoke, it's important that you give up.

Smoking increases your risk of cancer returning and may cause you to have more side effects from treatment.

Your treatment will be organised by a head and neck cancer multidisciplinary team (MDT), who'll discuss the treatment options with you. 

A combination of treatments will often be recommended.

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You're more at risk of nasal and sinus cancer if you're a man, you work with certain substances (such as wood dust or certain metals) or you smoke.

Read more on the NHS website.