Treatment for Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity Cancer
The specialists at the Stanford Head and Neck Cancer Program have broad experience treating paranasal sinus and nasal cavity cancer, and provide their patients with compassionate, multidisciplinary care, including:
Advanced surgical techniques that improve survival rates through the Cranial Base Center
Radiosurgery with the Stanford-developed CyberKnife, which allows doctors to radiate tumors in the paranasal sinuses while reducing harm to closely situated organs like the eyes and brain
Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), another advanced radiotherapy option
There are treatments for all patients with cancer of the paranasal sinus and nasal cavity. Standard treatment includes:
The use of high-energy radiation to kill or shrink cancer cells, tumors, and non-cancerous diseases.
Surgery is commonly used to remove cancers of the paranasal sinus or nasal cavity. Depending on where the cancer is and how far it has spread, a doctor may need to cut out bone or tissue around the cancer. If cancer has spread to lymph nodes in the neck, the lymph nodes may be removed (lymph node dissection).
Because the paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity help in talking and breathing, and are close to the face, patients may need special help adjusting to the side effects of the cancer and its treatment. A doctor will consult with several kinds of doctors who can help determine the best treatment. Trained medical staff can also help in recovery from treatment. Patients may need plastic surgery if a large amount of tissue or bone around the paranasal sinuses or nasal cavity is taken out.
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