For many people with CUP, the main aim of their treatment is to control symptoms. Treating symptoms is known as supportive care or palliative care. Some people with CUP may decide to have supportive care on its own without cancer treatments. You can also have supportive care alongside cancer treatments and after they are finished.
Doctors and nurses who specialise in controlling pain and other symptoms are called palliative care specialists. They are based in hospitals, in the community, hospices, palliative care units and pain clinics. They work with your GP, district nurses and other healthcare professionals to try to make sure your symptoms are well controlled. Palliative care nurses can also come to visit you in your own home. Your GP or cancer specialist can usually arrange this for you.