Nasal tumors are found in the nasal cavity and the paranasal sinuses and affect cats. The most common types of nasal tumors in cats are squamous cell carcinoma SCC , lymphoma, and carcinoma. Because these tumors are hidden inside the nasal cavity, they can be difficult to detect. By the time signs are noticeable to the owner and a diagnosis is made, nasal cancer is typically at an advanced stage.
Back to Health A to Z. Nasal polyps are painless soft growths inside your nose. They're not usually serious, but they can keep growing and block your nose if not treated. Nasal polyps can sometimes feel like a cold. But colds tend to clear up within a few days, whereas nasal polyps will not get better unless they're treated. If your polyps block your sinuses the air pockets around your nose you may also have symptoms of sinusitis. Find out about using the NHS during coronavirus.
For most nasal cavity or paranasal sinus cancers, surgery to remove the cancer and some of the surrounding bone or other nearby tissues is a key part of treatment. The brain, eyes, mouth, and carotid arteries arteries that supply blood to the brain are also close by, making surgical planning and surgery itself difficult. The goal of surgery in these areas is to take out the entire tumor and a small amount of normal tissue around it while keeping appearance and function such as breathing, speech, chewing, and swallowing as normal as possible. When removing the cancer, the surgeon also tries to take out a rim margin of surrounding normal tissue. The tissue that's removed will be checked with a microscope to see if there are cancer cells at the edges.
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