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Cat Nasosinal Cancer

Veterinarian Reviewed on April 1, 2014 by Dr. Janice Huntingford

Cat Nasosinal Cancer

Nasosinal is a big word for a small area of your cat’s body! The nasal cavity is a small space behind the nose that is filled with air. The sinuses in that area communicate with the paranasal sinuses. These are the connecting ones. There are several types of cancers that affect the region, most commonly carcinomas and some sarcomas. Although metastasis is low initially, but affects about half of the cats at their death.

Nasosinal cavities are not as common in cats as they are in dogs. Cats average 10 years of age generally, but have been known to have it as young as 3.

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms for nasosinal cancers in cats include, but are not limited to, nasal discharge, eye discharge, nosebleeds, Cat Difficulty Breathing, Cat Loss of Weight and facial deformities in the advanced stages. The deformity will occur as the disease progresses and bone mass is decreasing. Cat owners average about three months of symptoms before consulting with a veterinarian. If the bleeding or discharge is limited to one nostril, the probability of Cat Cancer is increased.


The primary method of diagnosing this type of tumor is one of the advanced imaging techniques such as MRI or CT scans. Both are very expensive. It will allow your veterinarian to locate the tumor and plan for treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy or surgery. Normal x-rays cannot give the detailed imaging that will distinguish the tumor from some inflammation in the nose.

The nose can also be vigorously flushed in an attempt to flush out particles of the tumor. Needle biopsies can also be performed on your cat. Either of these will be done with the aid of sedation or anesthesia. In the event that the surrounding lymph nodes are enlarged, biopsies should be done on the lymph nodes as well.

Pain in cats with cancer

All cancers cause pain in cats. This pain is not only caused by the cancer, but often by the treatment for these cancers. Surgery, radiation and chemo can cause an increase in pain. If the pain your cat is experiencing is not taken care of, your cat will drastically lose any quality of life. It is important to consult with a veterinarian who is experienced in oncology and familiar with the treatment of the associated pain. It is important to take care of pain before the causative procedure takes place. Your cat will be less hesitant to return to the clinic, if the experience is not extremely painful.

Home treatment

Along with pain management, maintaining nutritional status is also extremely important. Consulting with your vet as to high nutrition choices will assist your cat to maintain their energy status. By supplying your cat with the proper Cat Cancer Diets, you can prolong their life to some degree.


The prognosis for cats with nasosinal tumors is not great. The average survival rate for cats is about one year. If the disease is allowed to progress without treatment, the prognosis becomes less favorable.

Additional Cat Cancer Pages

Cat Cancer | Cat Skin Cancer | Cat Lung Cancer | Cat Pancreatic Cancer | Cat Cancer Prevention | Cat Cancer Diagnosis | Cat Gastric Cancer | Cat Lymphoma Cancer | Cat Squamous Cell Carcinoma | Cat Mouth Cancer | Cat Brain Tumor | Cat Palliative Cancer Care

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Dr. Janice Huntingford
Janice Huntingford, DVM, has been in veterinary practice for over 30 years and has founded two veterinary clinics since receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She has studied extensively in both conventional and holistic modalities. Ask Dr. Jan

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