IÂ wish I’d never heard of it, either!Â I can honestly say 4 months ago I would never have imagined this to be one of the articles I would be writing about.Â
Itâ€™s one of those â€œrareâ€ cancers, but now that my mom is fighting it, “rare” has hit a little closer to home.Â
Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma (SNUC) is a rare cancer of the nasal cavity and/or paranasal sinuses. Â Itâ€™s very aggressive and often has a poor prognosis if not detected early.Â Â From what Iâ€™ve researched (aka: googled) that seems to be a result of the following:
- Itâ€™s rare, so no one has a lot of experience with it therefore thereâ€™s not years and years of experience in successfully treating it.
- It has the same symptoms of a sinus infection (nose bleeds, nasal obstruction, runny nose, double or blurred vision) so itâ€™s very commonly diagnosed incorrectly.Â This is unfortunate because it is a very malignant, aggressive cancer so by the time itâ€™s truly diagnosed itâ€™s often metastasized.Â
Â Fortunately, I think we caught my momâ€™s early enough.Â Sheâ€™s not a fan of not being able to breathe, as it turns out.Â So after her nose was â€œstuffed upâ€ for a month or two, even though it was allergy season, she headed straight to the allergist.Â Who, by the way, misdiagnosed her and gave her a few rounds of antibiotics, I believeâ€¦ maybe steroids too.Â I didnâ€™t pay too much attention through all that because we just thought she had a sinus infection from hell.Â When that didnâ€™t work, they referred her to an Ear, Nose and Throat guy (ENT), where a MRI was performed, a mass was detected and she was referred to the team of specialists sheâ€™s working with now.Â
Treatment options include chemotherapy, radiation treatments and surgery.Â I think the combination of radiation treatment and surgery is supposed to provide a greater chance of remission than radiation alone. Like I said, Iâ€™m not a doctor.Â Â Just a googler.Â So take this for what itâ€™s worth!Â
Iâ€™m sharing this because while it may be â€œrareâ€, it might actually happen to you or someone you know.Â And odds are, you or they will just chalk it up to an annoying sinus infection and keep right on moving.Â I would have.Â ButÂ I’mÂ relieved my mom didnâ€™t.