Genetics of Sinonasal Cancer  

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Genetics of Sinonasal Cancer  


What is Sinonasal Cancer 
Sinonasal cancer or sinus cancer is tumor growth in the sinus cavity found behind the nose. This condition may be caused by heavy exposure to pollution or harsh chemicals. Tobacco use or smoke can be a risk as well. Sinus cancer can go unnoticed due to its cold-like symptoms. Symptoms of nasal and sinus cancer include 
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Headache
  • Facial pain 
  • Trouble with vision 
  • Nose bleeds 

Treatment for sinus cancer may include a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. This project wants to learn more about what causes this condition and find additional treatment approaches.  

How is the research done? 

The study team uses BioVU resources to find genetic clues linked to sinus cancer. They want to know why some people get sinus cancer and others do not. The study team will study the genes of those with and without this disease. They will compare and look for genetic differences. This can help understand the development of this condition. This may also help the researchers predict who may be at risk of having sinus cancer.  

What is the importance of this study? 

Sinonasal cancer is not very common. Researchers want to learn more about this condition so that doctors can take better care of people who have it. This project is important because it explores genes linked to this cancer. This can help find ways to prevent and treat it.