Cancer of unknown primary

What is cancer of unknown primary?

Cancer of unknown primary (CUP) means that the cancer already spread before it was found, but doctors don’t know where it started. CUP can be any one of many different types of cancer.

Risks for cancer of unknown primary

Any substance or condition that increases cancer risk is referred to as a risk factor. Cancer of unknown primary (CUP) is a cancer that has already spread (metastasized) when it is found, but doctors don’t know where it started. So CUP may have the same risks as different types of cancer.

Symptoms of cancer of unknown primary

Common symptoms of cancer of unknown primary (CUP) are weight loss and fatigue. Learn more about the symptoms of CUP.

Diagnosis of cancer of unknown primary

Diagnosis is the process of finding the underlying cause of a health problem. The focus of diagnosis for cancer of unknown primary (CUP) is finding out the type of CUP, the primary site and all the places the cancer has spread.

Prognosis and survival for cancer of unknown primary

Prognostic factors for cancer of unknown primary (CUP) include the type of CUP and where it is found. Learn about prognostic factors for CUP.

Treatments for cancer of unknown primary

Treatments for cancer of unknown primary (CUP) include chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Learn about treatment options for CUP.

Supportive care for cancer of unknown primary

Supportive care helps people with the physical and emotional aspects of cancer of unknown primary (CUP). Learn to cope with the symptoms of CUP.

Cancer of unknown primary statistics

Cancer of unknown primary (CUP) is included in the statistics for all other and unspecified cancers. Learn about Canadian statistics for this cancer grouping.