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Changes in your breathing after nasal and sinus cancer

Men and women discussing nasal and sinus cancer

This page tells you about changes to the way you breathe that you may have after cancer of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses.

Some people need a stoma after nasal and sinus cancer treatment.  A stoma is a hole, or opening made in the skin in front of your neck to allow you to breathe. It is placed at the base of your neck. Through this hole, air enters and leaves your windpipe (trachea) and lungs.

You may need a stoma if you have reconstruction with a flap (a flap repair). But you are only likely to need the stoma until the flap repair has healed and you can breathe normally again through your nose and mouth.

Before you have surgery for your type of cancer, ask your doctor if you will have a breathing stoma and how long it is likely to stay in for.

There is detailed information about breathing stomas in the larynx cancer section. If you use these links, please remember that you will be in a section on a different type of cancer. You need to use your back button to come back to this section when you’ve finished reading.

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Updated: 26 July 2014