What to Know About Surgery for Carcinoma of Unknown Primary Origin
During surgery, your doctor takes the cancer out of your body. Surgery is only done for small growths. Your doctor usually takes out the whole growth and some of the normal tissue around it. Surgery is usually done for cancer that is easy to reach. For instance a skin growth or a lymph node that the surgeon can feel with his or her fingers.
Unless a surgical biopsy is required to obtain tissue for diagnosis and testing, surgery is not usually recommended if there is more than one growth, if the cancer has spread through your body, or if a primary cancer is found in a deep organ.
Potential Side Effects from Surgery for Carcinoma of Unknown Primary Origin
Surgery can also cause side effects. These depend on what kind of surgery you have. These are some of the possible side effects of surgery:
Irritation of the skin where the surgery was done
Infection of the incision
Bleeding where th incision was done
Your doctor can treat all of these side effects. If you have poor general health and poor nutrition, you may have an increased risk for infection or have problems with wound healing.