As an advanced cancer, cancer of unknown primary (CUP) may not be curable. With improvements in genomic profiling of the cancerous tissue, for many cases of cancer of unknown primary (CUP) doctors can now determine the most likely primary site where the cancer originated from. For those patients, treatment will be directed towards that kind of cancer. Even if this is not possible for your cancer, treatment can help to you to live longer and manage your cancer and symptoms.
Your treatment will depend on factors such as the location of the cancer and how many areas it has spread to. Types of cancers also react differently and several treatments may be needed. Your doctor will guide you through these options and how they will impact you. Common treatments include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy and surgery.
It’s important to remember that research and clinical trials are continuously improving outcomes for patients through the development of new and emerging treatments, supporting patients diagnosed with rare and uncommon cancers or those patients who are no longer appropriate for standard or approved therapies to access treatment.