Outstanding cancer care requires an unparalleled team. Our specialists in medical oncology, chemotherapy, radiation medicine, pathology and radiology all work and consult together to deliver you the most effective treatments.

We treat most nasal and sinus cancers with surgery, using minimally invasive techniques when possible. This option uses fewer incisions and offers a quicker recovery time. Your surgery options will depend on the type and location of the tumor.

During minimally invasive surgery, the surgeon uses a thin tube with a camera — called an endoscope — to get a better view inside the body and remove the tumor.

For more advanced tumors (called skull base tumors), we work with other teams at UK, including oral surgeons, neurosurgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, oculoplastic surgeons and reconstructive surgeons. These teams work together and coordinate to make sure patients have the best treatment plans possible.

We often use radiation therapy after surgery for nasal and sinus cancer. The high-energy beams used in radiation therapy help kill any cancer cells remaining after surgery.

Sinus and skull base tumors require extreme precision. We use many sophisticated techniques to protect vital organs in this delicate area.

Radiation therapy, often in combination with chemotherapy, can also help patients with advanced cancers.

Learn more about our services by visiting our Radiation Oncology website.

We may use chemotherapy, often along with radiation therapy, when treating advanced, or metastatic, cancer. Chemotherapy is the use of powerful cancer-killing drugs.

Markey Cancer Center is NCI-designated

The UK Markey Cancer Center was first designated by the National Cancer Institute in 2013 – a distinction that recognizes our extraordinary ability to provide world-class care for our patients. We are the only NCI-designated cancer center in Kentucky and one of only 71 in the nation.

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