Deciding on Treatment
Cancer of Unknown Primary: Treatment Choices
You may get just one type of treatment or a combination of treatments. Treatment may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, or surgery.
Cancer of Unknown Primary Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy can shrink tumors. It can also help ease symptoms the cancer is causing. It may even make some tumors go away.
Cancer of Unknown Primary: Radiation Therapy
Radiation may be used to treat the symptoms of cancer of unknown primary (CUP). Sometimes radiation may also be used to cure the cancer if it hasn’t spread too far.
Cancer of Unknown Primary: Surgery
During surgery, your healthcare provider removes a tumor or tumors from your body. Most of the time, he or she tries to take out all of the cancer and some of the normal tissue around it.
Cancer of Unknown Primary: Hormone Therapy
If your healthcare provider thinks that your cancer of unknown primary (CUP) may be breast or prostate cancer, he or she may suggest hormone therapy. This treatment is sometimes used to stop the hormones in your body from allowing cancer cells to grow.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Complementary medicine is used in conjunction with other therapies. It usually serves to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. Alternative medicine is used alone, without standard treatment.