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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.