Hormonal therapy for cancer of unknown primary (CUP)
Occasionally, hormonal therapies are used to treat CUP.
Your doctor is most likely to prescribe hormonal therapy if tests show that you may have a cancer that has hormone receptors. These receptors can show up in tests on the cancer cells taken from your biopsy.
Hormonal therapies work by reducing certain hormones or preventing them from stimulating cancer cells to grow. They are commonly used to treat breast and prostate cancer and can also be used to treat cancer of the womb, kidney or ovary. There are a number of hormonal therapies available and your specialist may try a different type if the first one doesn’t work for you.
Targeted therapies work by changing the way a cancer cell grows, divides, repairs itself, or interacts with other cells. They are also called biological therapies.