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What are Ethmoid & Maxillary Sinus Tumors?

The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute offers the latest and most effective treatment for ethmoid and maxillary sinus tumors in Orlando. The ethmoid and maxillary sinuses are part of the paranasal sinuses and include numerous small cavities. Ethmoidal sinuses are located on each side of the nasal cavity, just behind the upper part of the nose. Maxillary sinuses lie on each side of the nasal cavity, behind the upper cheek bones. Cancers that affect these tissues are largely squamous cell malignancies.  Tumors that develop often go undetected until they are significant, and because these sinuses lie so anatomically close to many other vital organs, treatment options can be problematic. For more information about treatment for ethmoid and maxillary sinus tumors in Orlando, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

Symptoms of Ethmoid & Maxillary Sinus Tumors

Signs and symptoms of ethmoid and maxillary sinus tumors include:

  • Persistently blocked nose
  • Frequent "sinus infections"
  • Bleeding
  • Progressive pain and swelling in the face bones or around the eyes
  • Vision changes
  • Persistent pain in the forehead, skull or cheek bones
  • Swelling in the roof of the mouth
  • Loosening of teeth, poorly fitting dentures, bleeding from tooth sockets 
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Risk Factors of Ethmoid & Maxillary Sinus Tumors

Sinus cancers are rare in the U.S.  There is yet some debate as to the actual causes, but most experts associate this cancer with exposure nickel dust, mustard gas and a number of compounds commonly found in the furniture, leather and textile industries.  Wood dust exposure has been found to dramatically increase the risk of sinus cancers. When sinus cancer is suspected, a careful medical history review can help pinpoint likely risk factors. There is also some evidence that previous Epstein-Barr infections (herpes) may encourage the generation of malignancies. 

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Treatment of Ethmoid & Maxillary Sinus Tumors

The major treatment options for paranasal sinus cancer include:

  • Surgery: Physical removal of a section of the nasal cavity and/or lymph nodes.
  • Radiation therapy:  Sometimes used independently in the early stages, or in combination with surgery.
  • Chemotherapy: Usually used for the later stages to prevent cancer cells from finding a hospitable home elsewhere in the body. Chemotherapy may also be used in combination with surgery and radiotherapy. 
  • Gene therapy. Still in its infancy, but showing a great deal of promise by helping the immune system to recognize and fight cancer cells.
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Request an Appointment

For more information about treatment for ethmoid and maxillary sinus tumors in Orlando, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

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