Coronavirus and cancer

We know it’s a worrying time for people with cancer, we have information to help. If you have symptoms of cancer contact your doctor.

Read our information about coronavirus and cancer

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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 medical team decides on the treatment you need, and the types of treatment you might have for cancer of unknown primary.


Chemotherapy is one of the main treatments for cancer of unknown primary (CUP). Find out how you have it and the most common side effects.


Radiotherapy uses high energy rays to destroy cancer cells. You usually have radiotherapy to help control symptoms caused by cancer of unknown primary (CUP).

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 possible side effects.

Treatment to control symptoms

Treatment to control symptoms is also called palliative treatment or supportive care. Read about the types of palliative treatment you might have.

Follow up

After treatment for cancer of unknown primary (CUP), you might have regular follow up appointments. Or you may decide to only have an appointment if you have any problems or develop a new symptom.

Last reviewed: 
11 Jun 2020

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