Cancer of unknown primary


Cancer of unknown primary

Referral criteria

Carry out an assessment for additional symptoms, signs or findings that may help to clarify which cancer is mostly likely AND offer fast-track investigation or a rapid access / 2week wait suspected cancer pathway referral for:

  • Unexplained weight loss (symptom of several cancers including colorectal, gastro-oesophageal, lung, prostate, pancreatic and urological cancer)
  • Unexplained appetite loss, (symptom of several cancers including lung, oesophageal, stomach, colorectal, pancreatic, bladder and renal cancer)
  • Deep vein thrombosis (associated with several cancers including urogenital, breast, colorectal and lung cancer)


Advice and Guidance is being made available for all specialties, and is being provided by consultant specialists at East Kent Hospitals.  To make a request or to check to if a query has been answered, you will need to log in via the electronic Referral System (eRS)

Click here for the "how to access" e-Referral Advice and Guidance Manual for instructions on how to make a request and check responses

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