Secondary bone cancer of unknown primary + fracture

  • 3 replies
  • 14 subscribers

Hello. My wife has just been told that the cancer in her right upper arm bone is of unknown primary origin and has been transferred rom the orthopaedic specialists to the local CUP team who she is now waiting to hear from. She also has osteoporosis and the cancer has caused a fracture in the bone. She is in quite a lot of pain and is wondering if the fracture can be treated while waiting for the cancer treatment to begin.

  • Hello Ratty

    I hope you don't mind me replying as I had a different type of cancer but I saw that your post had not had a reply yet and thought by responding it may bring it to the attention of someone with similar circumstances.

    I am sorry to hear of your wife's diagnosis of cancer. It must have been a shock for you both and I hope that they can help with her pain. 

    It is good that she is being transferred to the CUP team, they are the experts and I hope that they can start to give you both answers. Having a diagnosis of cancer is naturally a worrying and stressful time and not knowing where the original cancer is, must make it tough.

    There is a forum on here that may be of help and I will post a link in case you think it may help.

    Unknown primary cancer forum - Macmillan Online

    Here's a couple more links that you might help with knowing what to expect. I have posted them in case you want a little more information before you meet the CUP team and discuss next steps.

     Cancer of unknown primary | Macmillan Cancer Support

    Secondary bone cancer | Macmillan Cancer Support

    I hope this helps a bit but if there is anything else you or your wife need, please do ask



    Macmillan Support Line - 0808 808 00 00, 7 days a week between 8am-8pm

  • Dear Jane

    Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my post and for the links to the Macmillan web pages which we will follow up on.  Can I just add that we have been greatly impressed and reassured by all the care and kindness we have met with so far both from NHS hospital staff and from Macmillans staff and volunteers.  Best wishes and I hope you are keeping well yourself.

  • You are welcome and if there is anything else that would help, please do let us know


    Macmillan Support Line - 0808 808 00 00, 7 days a week between 8am-8pm