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Sinus Cancer

General Information

While sinus cancer is located in the air-filled spaces behind the nose, paranasal sinus cancer affects the sinus cavities around the nose. Paranasal sinus cancer is a rare condition and one of the many head and neck cancers we treat at Goshen Center for Cancer Care.

As the first comprehensive cancer center in northern Indiana, we provide complete care for paranasal sinus cancer. With a multidisciplinary oncology team and diverse treatment options, our integrated approach focuses on healing all of you – not just your cancer.

Symptoms of paranasal sinus cancer

No symptoms are present in the early stages of paranasal sinus cancer. As the cancer grows, people may experience:

  • Blockage on one side of the nose
  • Chronic stuffiness and congestion
  • Pus draining from the nose
  • Difficulty opening the mouth
  • Tooth pain or loosening of the teeth
  • Frequent headaches
  • Lump or mass in the face, nose, inside of the mouth or neck
  • Pain, pressure or swelling of the face, eyes or inside the ears
  • Numbness in the face
  • Persistent watery eyes, vision changes or a bulging eye

Allergies and infections can cause these symptoms, so tell your primary care provider about troubling sinus-related symptoms for an evaluation and diagnosis.

Causes and prevention

It’s not always possible to prevent paranasal sinus cancer, but you can take steps to lower your risk.

Know the following risk factors to help prevent head and neck cancer, including paranasal sinus cancer:

  • Exposure to inhalants, including flour, formaldehyde, glue, wood dust and leather
  • Smoking
  • Being male
  • Being 55 years or older
  • HPV infection, which is a rare cause

Get help with quitting smoking and follow workplace safety to protect your body from cancer-causing agents.

Treating paranasal sinus cancer at Goshen Center for Cancer Care

Finding the best treatment for you is our main goal. Knowing the cancer’s stage, exact location and your preferences help your team create a personalized treatment plan.

While surgery is usually the main treatment option, your care plan may also include:

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