Managing cancer of unknown primary: Are we getting it wrong?
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Managing cancer of unknown primary: Are we getting it wrong?

Nicola James Macmillan nurse consultant (Cancer Care), Chesterfield Royal Hospital Foundation Trust, Calow, Chesterfield

Cancer of unknown primary features among the ten most common cancer diagnoses. Patients are often very ill at presentation and currently, management of their condition focuses heavily on finding the primary site, possibly at the expense of other needs. This article considers the debate surrounding the search for the primary site, reports on 14 case histories and discusses the need for a more co-ordinated and evidence based approach to the care of this patient group.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 6, 7, 25-29. doi: 10.7748/cnp2007.09.6.7.25.c4186

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