If you have symptoms, you usually begin by seeing your GP, who will examine you and ask you about your symptoms. They will refer you to hospital for tests and for specialist advice and treatment. Many people are admitted directly to hospital if they have a symptom that’s making them very unwell. In this situation, tests may be carried out as an inpatient.
The type of specialist doctor you’ll be referred to will depend on your symptoms. For example, if you have bowel or stomach symptoms, you’ll usually be referred to a gastroenterologist, who treats problems of the digestive system. Or if you have kidney or bladder symptoms, you’ll see a urologist.
Once a cancer is diagnosed but it’s unclear where the primary cancer is, people may then be referred to a specialist CUP team.