Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cancer: Latest Research

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 11/2022

ON THIS PAGE: You will read about the scientific research being done to learn more about these head and neck cancers and how to treat them. Use the menu to see other pages.

Doctors are working to learn more about nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancers, 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 best diagnostic and treatment options 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 Types of Treatment section, clinical trials are testing new and current drugs in chemotherapy to treat different stages of nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancers.

  • Immunotherapy. As outlined in the Types of Treatment section, immunotherapy is another type of therapy using medication. Immunotherapy is being studied in the treatment of head and neck cancers in general, so talk with your doctor to see if there are clinical trials that include nasal cavity or paranasal sinus cancer.

  • Palliative care/supportive 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 comfort and quality of life for patients.

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