Cancer of unknown primary
We'll support and care for you throughout your treatment for cancer of unknown primary (CUP). The cancer of unknown primary is when there is a positive diagnosis of cancer but we are unable to find the primary location of where the cancer started.
We can provide:
- specialist education and advice
- pain relief in hospital and at home (palliative care)
- close working with your GP and local hospital
Your treatment depends on the type and stage of your cancer. You may have radiotherapy, chemotherapy or both. You may also need surgery, before or after your treatment.
We can refer you for:
- benefits and welfare advice
- complementary therapies
- diet advice
- help with transport
- psychological therapy
- occupational therapy
Our site at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup provides chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
We work with our partners at:
- King's College Hospital
- Princess Royal Hospital, Orpington
- Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich
- Lewisham Hospital
We're committed to providing you with personalised cancer care. You can read more about what this means on our cancer care and support page.
Macmillan Cancer Support has free information and emotional support for people with cancer. They have information about:
- cancer types
- treatments and what to expect
- support groups and organisations
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has guidance for patients and carers about their treatments. This can help you make decisions about your care.
Cancer Research UK provides information and support about cancers and treatments:
Cancer Research UK cancer of unknown primary information
Sarah Ngan, clinical lead for cancer of unknown primary