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Cancer of unknown primary (CUP) information

In a small number of cases cancer cells are found in the body, but the place where the cells first started growing (the primary site) cannot be discovered, in spite of extensive tests.  In this case doctors refer to the primary tumour as unknown, and the patient is said to have cancer of unknown primary cancer (CUP).

University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) information

Our Acute Oncology Team produces the following booklets:

You and your key worker from the Acute Oncology Team - currently being reviewed

Your Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) for Cancer of Unknown Primary  

More information

Click on the coloured text links below for general cancer information which may be of help to you:         

Tests and investigations

Click on the above link to see if there is any online UHL information on the tests and investigations you may require. Use the search box to find out.

Chemotherapy and other drug therapies

UHL and other information about chemotherapy, hormone therapy, biological therapy (including immunotherapy) and other drug therapies.  Please note that not all therapies are suitable for all types of cancer.     


UHL and other information about radiotherapy treatment. Please note that radiotherapy is not suitable for all types of cancer.                    

Eating, appetite or taste

Local and other information that you may find useful if you have eating problems as a result of your cancer or its treatment. 

Support groups 

For a list of cancer support groups in the local area please click on the heading above.    

Further information

If you would like more information please contact the Cancer Information Centre or click on the heading above for details of other organisations that may be able to help you.           

Information in languages other than English 

To find out if there is any information about cancer, cancer treatments and living with cancer available in your preferred language, please click on the heading above, or contact the Cancer Information Centre

This page last reviewed 19/05/2022