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Survival

Find out about survival for nasal and paranasal sinus cancer.

Survival depends on many different factors. It depends on your individual condition, type of cancer, treatment and level of fitness. So no one can tell you exactly how long you will live. 

These are general statistics based on large groups of patients. Remember, they can’t tell you what will happen in your individual case.

Your doctor can give you more information about your own outlook (prognosis).

You can also talk about this with the Cancer Research UK nurses on freephone 0808 800 4040, from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Survival by stage

There are no UK wide statistics for nasal cavity or paranasal sinus cancer survival.

The following statistics are from America. They are based on people diagnosed with nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancer between 1998 and 1999. 

Please be aware that due to differences in health care systems, data collection and the population, these figures are not a true picture of survival in the UK.

Stage 1

Almost 65 out of 100 people (almost 65%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after diagnosis.

Stage 2

Around 60 out of 100 people (around 60%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after diagnosis.

Stage 3

50 out of 100 people (50%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after they are diagnosed.

Stage 4

35 out of 100 people (35%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after diagnosis.

Survival for all stages of nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancer

There are no UK wide statistics for nasal cavity or paranasal sinus cancer survival.

The following statistics are from a large European study that looked at survival in rare cancers.

For people diagnosed with nasal cavity or paranasal sinus cancer in the UK and Ireland:

  • more than 70 out of 100 people (more than 70%) will survive their cancer for 1 year or more after diagnosis
  • around 50 out of 100 people (50%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after they are diagnosed

What affects survival

Your outcome depends on the stage of the cancer when it was diagnosed. This means how big it is and whether it has spread.

The type of cancer can also affect your likely survival. And your outlook also depends on which parts of the nasal cavity or paranasal sinuses are involved.

Your general health and fitness also affect survival. The fitter you are, the better you may be able to cope with your cancer and treatment.

About these statistics

The term 5 year survival doesn't mean you will only live for 5 years. It relates to the number of people who live 5 years or more after their diagnosis of cancer.

Many people live much longer than 5 years.

These statistics are for relative survival. Relative survival takes into account that some people will die of causes other than cancer. This gives a more accurate picture of cancer survival.

Last reviewed: 
06 Jul 2016
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