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PATIENTS WITH METASTATIC CANCER OF UNKNOWN PRIMARY SITE: DIAGNOSTIC WORKUP AND THERAPEUTIC MANAGEMENT

Majeed H Alwan

Basrah Journal of Surgery مجلة البصرة الجراحية
ISSN: 16833589 Year: 2006 Volume: 12 Issue: 2 Pages: 3-9
Publisher: Basrah University جامعة البصرة

Abstract

PATIENTS WITH METASTATIC CANCER OF UNKNOWN PRIMARY SITE: DIAGNOSTIC WORKUP AND THERAPEUTIC MANAGEMENTMajeed H AlwanFRCS, FACS, Gastrointestinal and General Surgeon, Wellington Hospital, Wellington, New ZealandAbstractMetastatic Cancer of Unknown Primary site (CUP) accounts for about 4% of all cancer patients and is therefore one of the 10 most frequent cancer diagnoses in man. It is defined as biopsy-confirmed malignancy for which the site of origin is not identified by routine workup. It is believed that CUP represents a heterogeneous group of malignancies that have a presumably, specific biology with clinical characteristics of rapid progression and random atypical metastases. The diagnostic work-up could be variable. Certain clinicopathological CUP entities are considered as favorable subsets responding to systemic platinum-based chemotherapy or managed by locoregional treatment. These subsets have a better prognosis than the average median survival time of four months in patients who belong to the non-favorable subsets.

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METASTATIC --- CANCER