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Follow-up after treatment is an important part of cancer care. Follow-up for nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancer is often shared among the cancer specialists such as the oncologist, surgeon, radiation therapist, dentist and ophthalmologist and your family doctor. You may also meet with a dietitian, who will make sure that your nutritional needs are being met. Your healthcare team will work with you to decide on follow-up care to meet your needs.
Don’t wait until your next scheduled appointment to report any new symptoms and symptoms that don’t go away. Tell your healthcare team if you have:
The chance of cancer in the nasal cavity or paranasal sinuses recurring is greatest within 2 years, so close follow-up is needed during this time. Most cancers in the nasal cavity or paranasal sinuses recur in the area where the original tumour developed (called a local recurrence). People who have been diagnosed with a nasal cavity or paranasal sinus cancer have a higher risk of developing a second primary tumour in another part of the head and neck.
Follow-up visits for nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancer are usually scheduled:
During a follow-up visit, your healthcare team will usually ask questions about the side effects of treatment and how you’re coping.
Your doctor may do a physical exam including:
Tests are often part of follow-up care. You may have:
If a recurrence is found, your healthcare team will assess you to determine the best treatment options.
Smoking can make your treatment less effective and increase your risk of developing another head and neck cancer. People who smoke also tend to have worse side effects from treatment than those who don’t smoke.
If you are a smoker, it’s important that you get help to quit. Trying to quit smoking is hard but your healthcare team can help suggest ways for you to quit. Learn more about ways to quit smoking.
To make the decisions that are right for you, ask your healthcare team questions about follow-up.
The Canadian Cancer Society’s peer support program is a telephone support service that matches cancer patients and their caregivers with specially trained volunteers.