Cancer of unknown primary treatment near Ngunnawal

Cancer of unknown primary is a term used when a cancer has been diagnosed but the original place where the cancer started cannot be found. 

In people with cancer of unknown primary, symptoms are caused by a cancer that has spread, known as metastatic cancer.

A person with a suspected or confirmed cancer of unknown primary should:

  • have their care overseen by a specialist who is a member of a multidisciplinary cancer care team
  • attend their first specialist appointment within two weeks of being referred by the general practitioner (GP).

Where to have treatment

The diagnosis of cancer of unknown primary is very complex and must be discussed at a multidisciplinary team meeting


Treatment centres for cancer of unknown primary

Treatment for cancer of unknown primary can include chemotherapy, hormone therapy, radiotherapy, and in some cases, surgery. Chemotherapy is usually the main treatment for cancer of unknown primary.

Cancer centres that provide treatment for cancer of unknown primary are listed below. Results are ordered by distance from Ngunnawal ACT.

Other treatment centres

Results are ordered by distance from Ngunnawal ACT.

Children and youth services

There are services that provide specialised treatment and support to children and young people with cancer.

Tests and timeframes

Cancer care pathways have been developed by the Cancer Council to help identify recommended care at each stage of the pathway.

Initial tests may be arranged by the general practitioner and my include blood tests, computed tomography (CT) and a biopsy.

  • A specialist appointment should take place within two weeks of GP referral
  • tests should be completed within two weeks of specialist review
  • treatment should commence within two weeks of the decision to treat.

More information about the sarcoma cancer care pathway is available in these fact sheets:

  • Optimal care pathway for cancer of unknown primary Quick reference guide for health professionals
  • Fact sheet for patients in English and seven other languages

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