Coronavirus and cancer

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What is nasal and paranasal sinus cancer?

Cancer can start in the lining of the space behind the nose (nasal cavity) or the nearby air cavities (paranasal sinuses) and sometimes spread to lymph nodes.


There are many less severe conditions that can cause the same symptoms as cancer. But it is important that you report any of the following symptoms to your doctor.

Risks and causes

Smoking, certain substances and HPV are some of the risks and causes of nasal and paranasal sinus cancers.


There are different types of cancer of the lining of the space behind the nose (nasal cavity) or the nearby air cavities (paranasal sinuses).

Stages and grades

The stage of a cancer tells you how big it is and whether it has spread. The grade means how abnormal the cells look under the microscope.


Find out about survival for nasal and paranasal sinus cancer.

Getting diagnosed

You usually start by seeing your GP. They will examine you and might refer you for tests or to a specialist.


Find out about treatment for nasal and paranasal sinus cancer, where and how you have them, and how to cope with possible side effects.

Living with cancer

Read about how to cope with your feelings and some of the possible physical changes you might have due to the cancer or treatment.

Research and clinical trials

Find out about the latest UK research looking at nasal cancer and paranasal sinus cancer.

Last reviewed: 
07 Oct 2020
Next review due: 
09 Oct 2023

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