Carcinoma of unknown primary care at Mayo Clinic

  • Collaboration. At Mayo Clinic, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, radiologists and pathologists work as a multidisciplinary team to provide whole-person care to those with carcinoma of unknown primary. Other professionals are included as needed.
  • The latest technology to aid in diagnosis. Mayo Clinic doctors have access to the latest technology to help them investigate where carcinoma of unknown primary began. Even when a primary site can't be determined, these tests give doctors clues that aid in selecting the best treatment.

    Radiologists use advanced imaging technology to search for signs of cancer.

    Pathologists have cutting-edge laboratory tests available to analyze cancer cells for clues of their origin. Doctors and hospitals around the world send biopsy samples to Mayo Clinic pathologists for evaluation.

  • Experience. Carcinoma of unknown primary is an uncommon type of cancer. Mayo Clinic doctors have experience treating many cases of carcinoma of unknown primary.
  • A full range of treatment options to consider. Mayo Clinic doctors will work with you to review all of your treatment options and choose the treatment that best suits your needs and goals. The range of treatments offered to people with carcinoma of unknown primary includes chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
  • Comprehensive cancer center. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Oct. 29, 2015