Ethmoid Sinus Adenocarcinoma

Friday 24 August, 2012

For years I've had a blocked nostril and for months before my diagnosis every time I blew my nose I had a trace of fresh blood. My GP told me I was suffering from blood pressure problems and that I need to get this under control first.

Well we got it under control and I was sent for a CT scan. The results blew me away.

"This man has a 4.8cm tumour in his sinus."

My doctor couldn't believe it and I was immediately sent to a specialist. I saw them on Monday 5 July 2010. From that date my feet did not touch the ground. I had all of my treatment done at the hospital where I was diagnosed with an Ethmoid Sinus Adenocarcinoma, which I have been told is rare.

After a biopsy I found out that it was malignant. This was when I broke. Cancer in my head and growing!

However, thanks to my strong family I soon decided "@#$% YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BETTER ME".

I had my cancer removed on the 31st of August after a 12-hour procedure. For the next few days I didn't care where I went. I was completely out of it. But I slowly came around until I was able to sit and I improved.

I was discharged 9 days later. I had to have 6 weeks of radiation, travelling in every day with the wonderful Red Cross. The only reprieve I had was on a weekend and public holidays. I finished treatment on the 26th of November when I presented my nurse with my plastic mask.

Since then I've been back and forward for check after check. But thanks to the wonderful devoted doctors, nurses and support staff my cancer is nothing but a memory. The only lasting legacy is a complete loss of smell, but looking at what could have been, this is such a small price to pay.


Ethmoid Sinus Adenocarcinoma is a type of head and neck cancer. This means any cancer that starts in the tissues and organs of the head and neck. Head and neck cancer is a general term that doctors use. It covers many different types of cancer. Head and neck cancers can be very difficult to cope with. If you or someone you know has head and neck cancer you can call the Cancer Helpline on 13 11 20 and speak with an experience cancer nurse. You'll be able to get specific information and support about your type of head and neck cancer. You may also find it helpful to read the information on a UK cancer patient website about head and neck cancers.
Updated: 24 Aug, 2012