At The Christie, our cancer researchers are making many breakthroughs, thanks to donations from generous supporters of The Christie Charity.
Our doctors are now focusing on a rare cancer – cancer of unknown primary (CUP). This is when cancer has spread from its point of origin in the body, but doctors can’t determine where it started – even after routine tests, such as CT scans and biopsies.
At The Christie, we want to change outcomes for CUP patients. Donate today and you could help improve diagnosis and find better ways to treat CUP.
CUP means limited options for patients
A cancer diagnosis is always hard for patients, but a diagnosis of CUP is particularly difficult to hear. Because doctors don’t know where the cancer started, they can’t offer targeted treatment. Some CUP patients can have broad-acting chemotherapy, but because it can’t be focused on the site of the primary cancer, the results are less effective.
Although CUP makes up only 2% of all new cancer diagnoses, it’s the 6th most common cause of death from cancer. This is because a lack of treatment options and late diagnosis means CUP patients often only have weeks or months left to spend with loved ones. And every day, around 26 people sadly die from CUP.
Despite these shocking figures, CUP receives little research funding. But we want to change outcomes for CUP patients in the future.
A donation from you today could help our researchers improve CUP diagnosis. With your help, our experts want to give more CUP patients more time with their loved-ones.