Nasal and paranasal sinus cancers

Treatment options

Following a diagnosis of nasal or para nasal cancer, your cancer care team will discuss treatment options including the possibility of participating in a clinical trial that is suitable for you. This is also a good time to consider if you would like a second opinion.
The most suitable treatment for nasal and para nasal sinus cancer depends on many things including:
  • type of nasal or para nasal cancer

  • size and location of the cancer

  • whether the cancer has spread

  • personal factors  (e.g. age, general health and treatment history)

  • types of treatment available (and whether any clinical trials are available) 

  • ​your preferences for treatment. 

Nasal and para nasal sinus cancers are generally treated with surgery, radiation therapy, or a combination of both.

Surgery involves taking the cancer out of the nasal cavity and para nasal sinuses and for some people, the lymph glands in the neck. Some people may need extra treatment after surgery to reduce the risk of the cancer coming back. This can be either radiation therapy alone (adjuvant radiation therapy) or radiation therapy in combination with chemotherapy (this is called adjuvant concurrent chemoradiation).