A variety of benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) tumors can occur in the nose or sinuses. Benign growths, such as papillomas, are effectively removed via endoscopic surgery.
Inverting papilloma is a potentially more aggressive growth that can, in some cases, give rise to a cancerous tumor. Endoscopic surgery, combined in some cases with open surgical approaches, is used to manage this disease.
• Esthesioneuroblastoma (olfactory neuroblastoma)
• Adenoid cystic carcinoma
• Mucosal melanoma
These can be biopsied endoscopically and in some cases can be resected with endoscopic approaches.
We utilize combined endoscopic and open craniofacial surgical approaches in collaboration with our Head and Neck Oncology Division, as well as the Department of Neurosurgery to remove these tumors.
Nasal and sinus malignancies, such as carcinomas, are managed in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins Head and Neck Interdisciplinary Tumor Board. These tumors are often treated with multimodality therapy, involving head and neck surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists.