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Sinus cancer

The information on this page was reviewed and approved by
Maurie Markman, MD, President, Medicine & Science at CTCA.

This page was updated on July 14, 2021.

Sinus cancer requires expert care. Our oncologists are here to help.

Sinus cancer is a rare disease. It occurs when tumors develop in the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses, which is the space behind the nose where air passes on its way to the throat. Risk for the disease increases with age and affects men more commonly than women. Smoking and exposure to heavy metals, such as nickel, also increase the risk for developing sinus tumors.

Symptoms of sinus cancer may include a mass in the neck beneath the skin, numbness on the side of the nose, one-sided nosebleeds, nasal congestion and a persistent lump or sore inside the nose. Treatment typically includes surgery, for both early- and advanced-stage cancers, and may include chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. Reconstructive surgery may be an option for patients who undergo procedures that remove a significant amount of tissue.

Explore this section to learn more about sinus cancer, its symptoms and the treatment options we offer.

What you should know after a sinus cancer diagnosis

Treatment options

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The three main treatment options for sinus cancer are chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, although reconstructive surgery may also be an option for certain patients.

Common treatments for sinus cancer include:

Chemotherapy may be used with other therapies to treat the disease.

Radiation therapy
Patients may undergo radiation therapy before or after surgery, to shrink tumors or kill remaining microscopic cancer cells.

Surgery may be used to treat early and advanced sinus cancers.

Learn more about treatments for sinus cancer

Supportive care

At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), we understand that managing the side effects of cancer treatment is often half the battle. Your multidisciplinary team of sinus cancer experts will deliver evidence-based medical treatments to fight the disease, while offering supportive care services designed to help you stay strong and maintain your quality of life throughout treatment. Supportive care therapies for sinus cancer may include:


​Nutritional support

Every patient has the option of meeting with a registered dietitian.


Behavioral health

​Our behavioral health support program is designed to support you and your caregivers before, during and after cancer treatment.


​Oncology rehabilitation

​Oncology rehabilitation includes a wide range of therapies designed to help you build strength and endurance.

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