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The treatment you have depends on a number of things, including where the cancer is and your general health. A team of doctors and other professionals discuss the best treatment and care for you.

Treatment decisions

Find out how your doctor decides on the treatment you need, and about the different types of treatment you might have for CUP.


Chemotherapy is the main treatment for cancer of unknown primary. Find out how you have chemotherapy and about the general side effects.


Radiotherapy uses high energy rays to destroy cancer cells. You usually have radiotherapy to help control symptoms caused by the cancer.

Hormone therapy

You might have hormone therapy if your cancer cells have hormone receptors. Find out what hormone therapy is, how you have it and the general side effects.

Treatment to control symptoms

Treatment to control symptoms is called palliative treatment or supportive care.

Follow up

You may have regular follow up appointments with your doctor or specialist nurse. Or you might decide to only have an appointment if you have any problems or develop a new symptom.

Last reviewed: 
14 Jul 2014

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