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Nasal Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Oncology doctor discussing nasal cancer treatment options with a patient and their partnerNasal cancer is best described as a group of cancers that can affect the tissues of the nose, palate, and the sinuses near the nose. Cancer of the nose is relatively rare, and it can be difficult to notice in its early stages because there may no noticeable symptoms, or the symptoms may mimic those of infections.

Although it’s not yet known what triggers nasal cavity cancer to form, there are certain risk factors that can increase an individual’s likelihood of developing it, including:

  • Being exposed to certain chemicals and dusts (sawdust, flour, etc.) in the workplace
  • Having a human papilloma virus (HPV) infection
  • Smoking
  • Being male
  • Being more than 40 years old

Symptoms can start out as relatively minor inconveniences and may include sinus headaches, runny nose, or blocked sinuses, but they can progress to more severe problems like having a sore on the nose that doesn’t heal, numbness of the face, vision problems, or teeth pain. All of these symptoms can also be associated with other conditions, so a medical professional will need to examine an individual before a nasal cavity cancer diagnosis is made.

Tampa General Hospital provides patients who have been diagnosed with nasal cancer with several treatment options. With our team of specialists, we offer surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, as well as speech pathology treatments and supportive care services. Our team of experienced oncologists specialize in head and neck cancers, so it can help determine the specific course of action that would be most beneficial to each patient.

For a physician referral, please use our PhysicianFinder tool or call 813-844-7585.