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Understanding Cancer of Unknown Primary

This booklet has been prepared to help you understand more about cancer of unknown primary. Health professionals use several terms to describe this cancer, including occult primary cancer, tumour of unknown origin or metastatic malignancy of unknown primary. In this booklet we use the term cancer of unknown primary or CUP. We hope this booklet will help you understand how CUP is diagnosed and treated. We cannot advise you about the best tests and treatment for you. You need to discuss this with your doctors. However, we hope this information will answer your questions and help you think about other questions to ask your doctors.

Year first published or reviewed: 2016

Last updated on: 13-07-2016
By: Cancer Council NSW


Cancer Council NSW

Cancer Council

Primary Audience / Population Groups

Specifically written for:
Men, Women
Target Group(s):
Partners, family and friends of people with cancer, People with Cancer

Focus Of Resource

Cancer Type:
Cancer of unknown primary
Area of focus:
Diagnosis, Treatment Management

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