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    When Cancer of Unknown Origin Strikes, Family Members Are At Increased Risk
    Research
    Dec 17, 2015

    When Cancer of Unknown Origin Strikes, Family Members Are At Increased Risk

    Huntsman Cancer Institute, cancer, genetics

    Cancer usually begins in one location and then spreads, but in 3-5% of cancer patients, the tissue where a cancer began is unknown. In these individuals a cancer diagnosis is made because it has metastasized to other sites. Patients with these so-called “cancers of unknown primary,” or CUP, have a very poor prognosis, with a median survival of three months. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Oncology finds that family members of CUP patients are at higher risk of developing CUP themselves, as well as cancers of the lung, pancreas, colon, and some cancers of the blood.... Read More

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