Sinus Cancer Treatment
If you have been diagnosed with sinus cancer, nasal cancer, or skull-base cancer, Mount Sinai has numerous treatment options available for you. Most patients with sinus cancer, nasal cancer, or skull-base cancer undergo surgery and postoperative radiation – internal or external. Chemotherapy and radiation may also be an option.
At Mount Sinai, we develop each treatment plan on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the extent and location of the tumor. Our surgical procedures often require the involvement of neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons, and maxillofacial prosthodontic surgeons.
When radical surgery is necessary or the surgery results in a defect between your sinuses and the base of your brain, you may need complex reconstructive surgery. The reconstruction can be achieved using your own tissue from such places as your nose, the soft tissue near your temples, your forearm, abdominal wall, or thigh.
Among the reconstructive procedures we perform are:
- Facial bones reconstruction
- Facial fracture repair
- Facial nerve reconstruction
- Implants for reconstruction
- Larynx and tracheal reconstruction
- Nasal reconstruction
- Palatal reconstruction
- Pedicled flaps from the neck and chest
- Skin and bone grafts
- Soft tissue resurfacing
- Microvascular soft tissue and bone transfers for reconstruction
- Reconstructions following skin cancer removal
- Upper and lower jaw reconstructions
- Voice restoration after laryngectomy
You will be asked to come in every six weeks to three months for the first two to three years after treatment. After that, you will need to come in every six months for three years. After five years of follow-up, you will only need to come in once a year.
During your follow-up visits, your doctor will perform an examination and may order CT, MRI and/or PET scans at frequent intervals. You will probably have an annual chest X-ray to check for the spread of cancer into your lungs. As with many cancers, after two years your risk of recurrence drops significantly.