Surgery for cancer of unknown primary (CUP)
Surgery is not normally used to treat CUP. But occasionally, it may be possible to have an operation to remove the cancer when there is only one area of secondary cancer.
You need to be well enough to cope with surgery. If surgery is an option for you, your cancer specialist will discuss the procedure in detail with you.
Surgery may be used to:
If you’re having surgery to remove lymph nodes and are being treated for a particular primary cancer, our sections about that type of cancer may be helpful. For example, our section about head and neck cancers has further information about removing the lymph nodes in the neck.