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CUP 2019: Cancer of Unknown Primary in the Era of Precision Medicine

Chairman: Dr F Anthony Greco

Friday 3 May 2019

Royal College of Physicians, London

Programme Headline:

In our previous conferences (CUP 2009; CUP 2012; CUP 2015) research and management approaches had a strong bias towards identifying the anatomical site of the primary to target with chemotherapy – often with considerable guesswork and lack of standardisation. We are now on the cusp of a new dawn for CUP patients where the focus is, not only identification of the tissue of origin by molecular testing, but finding an actionable molecular target. The ‘unknown’ is, for the most part, capable of being ‘known’ yet CUP remains the 5th highest cause of cancer death in the UK. The ‘bedside’ lags behind the ‘bench’.

The focus of the day will be on contemporary international CUP research and clinical management themes in the era of precision medicine.


To recognise and explore current research and management themes in relation to:

  • Current optimal diagnostics for CUP
  • Clinical and translational trials
  • Optimal clinical management

and to debate controversies around CUP biology, diagnosis and treatment to identify future research needs.

Who should attend?

Clinicians, researchers and others with an interest in CUP or genomic medicine.

Attend, Discuss, Learn, Apply

The programme  is designed to offer delegates a unique opportunity to share experiences and ideas with members of the national and  international CUP community. Delegates will have the opportunity to hear leading experts and practitioners in the field report on emerging CUP research and clinical developments. The day will include  a ‘prophecy discussion’ about how CUP research might unfold in the future.

The event has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 6 category 1 (external) CPD credits.

Delegate Rate and Registration

Delegate rate:

  • £150
  • No charge – CUP patients and carers

Registration: To book your place please contact our partners for this event – SBK Healthcare – who are organising registration and payment on our behalf on:

As a CUP Foundation event there is no VAT on these prices. Full terms and conditions are available on the SBK Healthcare website. Please note: The organisers reserve the right to make changes to all aspects of the event. Book now – numbers are limited to 140!


If you wish to offer a poster to the Conference please submit an abstract on one side of A4 paper to [email protected] that shows clearly what you wish to present, with key findings and the abstract’s relevance to one or more of the following: CUP research/ clinical management/ patient outcomes including QOL/ health economics .  A prize of £100 will be awarded after the event to the principal author of the poster judged to be best by the conference committee. At least one author must register and attend the conference with the poster. Abstracts should be submitted by 30 Mar – notification by 15 Apr.

Previous events

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The conference is supported by: