Symptoms and Signs of Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity Cancer

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Medically Reviewed on 9/28/2021

Doctor's Notes on Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity Cancer

Paranasal sinus and nasal cavity cancer occurs when the cells in the tissues of the paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity start to grow abnormally. Exposure to certain chemicals or dust in the workplace can increase the risk of paranasal sinus and nasal cavity cancer

Symptoms of paranasal sinus and nasal cavity cancer include: 

  • blocked sinuses that do not clear,
  • sinus pressure, 
  • headaches or pain in the sinus areas,
  • runny nose,
  • nosebleeds,
  • a lump or sore inside the nose that does not heal,
  • a lump on the face or roof of the mouth,
  • numbness or tingling in the face,
  • swelling or other trouble with the eyes (such as double vision or the eyes pointing in different directions),
  • pain in the upper teeth,
  • loose teeth, 
  • dentures that no longer fit well, or
  • pain or pressure in the ear.

What Is the Treatment for Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity Cancer?

The treatment for paranasal sinus and nasal cavity cancer depends on the size and location of the cancer and its stage, or the extent to which it has spread at the time of diagnosis. Three types of standard treatment are used in the management of this type of cancer:

Another option is participation in a clinical trial. Clinical trials are designed to test new drugs or treatments or new combinations of treatments for a specific condition.


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