Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cancer - Latest Research

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 06/2016

ON THIS PAGE: You will read about the scientific research being done now to learn more about nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancer and how to treat them. To see other pages, use the menu.

Doctors are working to learn more about nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancer, ways to prevent them, how to best treat them, and how to provide the best care to people diagnosed with these diseases. The following areas of research may include new options for patients through clinical trials. Always talk with your doctor about the diagnostic and treatment options best for you.

  • Combined therapies. Most research for head and neck cancer focuses on combining different types of treatments to improve treatment effectiveness and the patient’s quality of life.

  • Chemotherapy. As mentioned in the Treatment Options section, clinical trials are testing new and current drugs to treat different stages of nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancer.

  • Immunotherapy. Immunotherapy, also called biologic therapy, is a type of cancer treatment designed to boost the body's natural defenses to fight the cancer. It uses substances either made by the body or in a laboratory to improve or restore immune system function. Immunotherapy is being studied in the treatment of head and neck cancers in general, so talk with your doctor to see if nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancers are included.

  • Palliative care. Clinical trials are underway to find better ways of reducing symptoms and side effects of current nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancer treatments to improve patients’ comfort and quality of life.

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