Most hospitals have a multidisciplinary team (MDT) of specialists who diagnose and treat people with cancer of unknown primary (CUP).

Most hospitals have a multidisciplinary team (MDT) of specialists who diagnose and treat people with cancer of unknown primary (CUP). They will meet to discuss the best treatment options for you.

The MDT may include:

  • a clinical oncologist, who specialises in radiotherapy and chemotherapy and other drug treatments
  • a medical oncologist, who specialises in chemotherapy and other drug treatments
  • a palliative care specialist, who specialises in symptom control
  • a pathologist, who advises on the type and extent of the cancer
  • a radiologist, who specialises in x-rays and scans
  • a clinical nurse specialist (CNS), who gives information and support.

It may also include other professionals such as a dietitian, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, counsellor or psychologist.