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CARCINOMA OF UNKNOWN PRIMARY

Dr. Shriniwas B Rushi MD
Carcinoma of Unknown Primary
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Definition
Epidemiology
Pathology
Natural History
Diagnostic Approach
Treatment
Definition
• A biopsy-proven metastatic cancer in the
absence of radio graphically or pathologically
detectable primary tu...
Epidemiology
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Incidence :
– 2 to 5% of all cancers
– One of the “top” ten cancers in the USA.
– ? 4th most common cause ...
CUP - Biology
Heterogeneous group of malignancies
characterized by:
» Early dissemination in the absence of a detectable
p...
Clinical manifestations
• Symptoms or signs related to local findings due to metastatic sites.
• Constitutional symptoms :...
DIAGNOSTIC EVALUATION
• The likelihood of determining the primary site
depends upon
– histologic category
– the site of pr...
Clinico-Pathological Entities of CUP

Site of presentation

Histology

Liver (mainly) and/or other organs

Adenocarcinoma,...
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“Adequate” Evaluation

Clinical and Laboratory data required to define a patient as having “CUP” :
– Histologically con...
Pathology

• Microscopic examination:

– Features of carcinoma seen on H and E slides.
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Remember Sarcoma, Melanoma a...
Pathology

Major Histologies in CUP
Histology

Proportion %

Adenocarcinoma,
well to moderately differentiated

60%

Squam...
Adenocarcinoma
• Diagnosis of adenocarcinoma - based on the identification of
glandular structures that are formed by the ...
Pathology

Immunohistochemistry:
•IHC stains: these are peroxidase labeled
antibodies against specific tumor antigens that...
Pathology

Immunohistochemistry
•Benefits:
– Very helpful in determining the site of origin for CUP
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Cytokeratin 7 / C...
Pathology

Immunohistochemistry
•Caveats:
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Tissue specificity - No staining pattern is entirely
specific
Technic...
Pathology
CUP - IHC
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Once the broad category is
identified as “carcinoma”,
Cytokeratins are used to further to
determine the possi...
Immunohistochemistry
Cytokeratins (CKs)
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20 sub-types of CK with different molecular weight and different
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Immunohistochemistry - Cytokeratins (CKs)
Immunohistochemistry
Other Markers
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CDX-2 – a nuclear transcription factor that plays a role in intestinal
organogenesis...
Immunohistochemistry
Other Markers

Tissue Marker

Diagnosis

TTF-1

Lung, Thyroid

CDX-2

GI tract

Gross Cystic Disease ...
CUP
Imaging
Imaging Studies in CUP
Imaging

Diagnostic Value

Chest X-Ray

Pre-Requisite test

CT chest/ abdomen/ pelvis

40% accuracy...
Role of PET-CT in CUP

• Questions remain regarding the Role of PET/CT.
• Routine use not recommended
• Good candidates fo...
CUP
Endoscopy
Endoscopy in CUP
• Only perform endoscopic procedures oriented
to clinical symptoms or signs!
Procedure

Indication in CUP...
Serum Tumor Markers

• Routine evaluation of current commonly used markers have
not been proven of any prognostic or diagn...
How often can the Primary be
Identified?
Molecular Analysis
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Developing therapeutic strategies for CUP is challenging in the absence of a
known primary.

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Curr...
CUP - Treatment
• Median survival in disseminated CUP is 6-12
months.
• Systemic chemotherapy is main treatment
modality i...
Favorable prognostic
factors
Poorly differentiated carcinoma with midline
distribution ( Extra-gonadal germ cell
syndrome)
Favorable subset
Women with papillary adenocarcinoma of
peritoneal cavity
(Peritoneal adeno-carcinomatosis/ papillary)
Favorable subset
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Women with papillary serous adenocarcinoma of the
peritoneal cavity
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Characteristics:
• Remember the germinal epitheli...
Isolated Axillary Nodal
Adeno-carcinoma in women
Favorable subset
Women with isolated axillary adenopathy
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Breast cancer should be suspected in women who have AUP (adenocarcinoma
of unkn...
Women with isolated axillary adenopathy

•Prognosis is similar to lymph node positive breast cancer.
• Mobile lymph nodes ...
Chemotherapy followed by
hormone therapy where
indicated
Squamous cell carcinoma
involving cervical lymph nodes
Favorable Subset
Squamous cell carcinoma of the cervical lymph nodes
• Cervical lymph nodes - most common metastatic site for
SCC of unknow...
Squamous cell carcinoma of the cervical lymph nodes
Diagnostic evaluation:
 Thorough examination of the oropharynx, hypop...
Squamous cell carcinoma of the cervical lymph nodes
• Initial tissue diagnosis is usually by FNAB ( fine needle
aspiration...
Squamous cell carcinoma of the cervical lymph nodes
Lower cervical or supraclavicular nodes
– A primary lung cancer should...
Neuroendocrine Carcinoma of
Unknown Primary
Favorable Subset
Poorly Differentiated Neuroendocrine
Carcinoma
• IHC +ve for Chromogranin/ Synaptophysin/ NSE
• Diffuse metastases to live...
Other Favorable Subsets
Unfavorable features
• Adenocarcinoma metastatic to the liver or other organs
(multiple mets).
• Non-papillary malignant a...
Adenocarcinoma of unknown origin (AUP)
• The incidence of AUP increases with age.
• Clinical presentation depends on sites...
AUP with a colon cancer profile
• Predominant metastatic sites in the liver and/or peritoneum
• Adenocarcinoma with histol...
Patients with AUP do not fit into any of the clinical
subgroups
• Empiric chemotherapy may be considered.
• 5-fluorouracil...
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Newer regimens containing paclitaxel and gemcitabine have shown
efficacy in phase II studies in the treatmen...
• The following regimens are included in the guidelines for the
treatment of adenocarcinoma of unknown primary, based on
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Second line therapy. Single agent Gemcitabine (1000 mg/m2 weekly three
of four weeks) has modest activity.

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The comb...
Predictors of Response to empiric
Chemotherapy - AUP
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Features associated with a favorable response to treatment with em...
Poorly differentiated neoplasm
• The term poorly differentiated neoplasm is used when the
pathologist cannot distinguish b...
Follow-Up – CUP after Treatment

• Follow-up consists of a history and physical every 3-6 months
for the first 3 years and...
Conclusion
• CUP represents a group of heterogeneous tumors
sharing the unique characteristic of metastatic disease
withou...
CASE 1
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A 43 year old female with no significant past medical history presented
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afebrile, vitals were stable
No pallor
Neck—Rt supraclavicular lymph node was positive.
Chest a tender ...
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Labs Cbc and chemistries were normal except for mild electrolyte
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Iron studies showed low...
• Received CT guided biopsy of chest mass and paracentesis.
• Biopsy showed poorly differentiated carcinoma with papillary...
• Metastatic Carcinoma- probably Breast
• Received Carbo/Taxol 1 dose.
Extra slides for use
ELECRON MICROSCOPY
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Electron microscopy allows the visualization of ultrastructural features of
the tumors su...
CYTOGENETIC ANALYSIS
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  • "carcinoma" is tumor tissue derived from putative epithelial cells
  • "carcinoma" is tumor tissue derived from putative epithelial cells
  • "carcinoma" is tumor tissue derived from putative epithelial cells
  • Caveat 1. Especially, in poorly or undifferentiated tumors – staining patterns can be very abnormal… ….some poorly differentiated carcinomas lose all specific markers and are negative for keratin markers as well.
  • Antibodies to intermediate filament proteins (vimentin, keratin, and desmin) are also useful to distinguish between lymphoma and other neoplasms.
    LYMPHOMAS can be positive for vimentin but are negative for keratin and desmin.
    keratin – CHARECTERESTIC FOR for benign and malignant epithelial tissue ( CARCINOMA) respectively . Desmin is charecterestic for muscular tissues ( sarcoma) However, none of these staining patterns are completely specific for antbroad type of cancer….… some sarcomas can stain for keratin and some carcinomas may stain for vimentin. Conversely, some poorly differentiated carcinomas lose all specific markers and are negative for keratin markers also!!!
  • Caveat 1. Especially, in poorly or undifferentiated tumors – staining patterns can be very abnormal…
  • Caveat 1. Especially, in poorly or undifferentiated tumors – staining patterns can be very abnormal…
  • Caveat 1. Especially, in poorly or undifferentiated tumors – staining patterns can be very abnormal…
  • Caveat 1. Especially, in poorly or undifferentiated tumors – staining patterns can be very abnormal…
  • Persistent cough/ hemoptyisis, cxr showing mass etc – bronchoscopy
    Colonoscopy when altered bowel movements, constipation, rectal bleeding, iron deficiency anemia
  • This slide is for Poorly differentiated CUP with midline distribution
    Men with poorly differentiated carcinoma of midline distribution :
    Extragonadal germ cell tumors
    Patients typically have some of the following characteristics
    Young age
    Male gender
    Predominant tumor location in the mediastinum or retroperitoneum
    Marked elevation of the serum tumor markers hCG or AFP
    Presence of 12p chromosomal gain (isochromosome 12p) on molecular genetic analysis
    Tumor immunohistochemical staining for octamer binding transcription factor 4 (also called POU domain class 5 transcription factor).
    Responsive to Cisplatin-based chemotherapy (BEP) .
  • Outcomes are similar to ovarian cancer at equivalent stage.
    Respond well to chemotherapy regimens that are effective in the treatment of advanced epithelial ovarian cancer.
    Taxane/platinum regimens have proven superior for advanced ovarian cancer and should be the treatment of choice for these patients.
    For bulky disease surgical debulking followed by chemotherapy .
  • MAMMO / MRI if +ve for lump – go with standard treatment. If negative for lump , go with complete ALND + ipsilateral mastectomy or complete ALND/ Whole breast radiation . This followed by chemotherapy. Chemotherapy followed by hormone therapy where indicated. Post-mastectomy radiation is indicated if more than 5 axillary nodes test positive.
  • Regional lymph nodes (N)NX: Regional lymph nodes cannot be assessed.
    N0: No regional lymph node involvement.
    N1: Unilateral metastasis in lymph node(s), ≤ 6 cm in greatest dimension, above the supraclavicular fossa
    N2: Bilateral metastasis in lymph node(s), ≤ 6 cm in greatest dimension, above the supraclavicular fossa
    N3: Metastasis in lymph node(s) > 6 cm and/or to supraclavicular fossa
    N3a: >6 cm
    N3b: Extension to the supraclavicular fossa
  • Regional lymph nodes (N)NX: Regional lymph nodes cannot be assessed.
    N0: No regional lymph node involvement.
    N1: Unilateral metastasis in lymph node(s), ≤ 6 cm in greatest dimension, above the supraclavicular fossa
    N2: Bilateral metastasis in lymph node(s), ≤ 6 cm in greatest dimension, above the supraclavicular fossa
    N3: Metastasis in lymph node(s) > 6 cm and/or to supraclavicular fossa
    N3a: >6 cm
    N3b: Extension to the supraclavicular fossa
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    1. 1. CARCINOMA OF UNKNOWN PRIMARY Dr. Shriniwas B Rushi MD
    2. 2. Carcinoma of Unknown Primary • • • • • • Definition Epidemiology Pathology Natural History Diagnostic Approach Treatment
    3. 3. Definition • A biopsy-proven metastatic cancer in the absence of radio graphically or pathologically detectable primary tumor after an “adequate” diagnostic evaluation. • No universal agreement over definition of what constitutes “adequate”
    4. 4. Epidemiology • Incidence : – 2 to 5% of all cancers – One of the “top” ten cancers in the USA. – ? 4th most common cause of cancer death – Median age at presentation is 60 years. – Slightly more prevalent in males • Life expectancy : very short , median survival : 6-9 months
    5. 5. CUP - Biology Heterogeneous group of malignancies characterized by: » Early dissemination in the absence of a detectable primary tumor » Unpredictable metastatic pattern » Aggressive biological and clinical behavior. •Hypotheses for tumors presenting as CUP: • Primary tumor regresses after seeding the metastasis or remains so small that it is no longer detected. • Primary may have been eliminated or contained by body’s defenses.
    6. 6. Clinical manifestations • Symptoms or signs related to local findings due to metastatic sites. • Constitutional symptoms : weight loss, fever • Physical exam : • • • • pleural effusions/ ascites adenopathy, hepatomegaly other abnormalities related to the involved sites. • Multiple sites of involvement observed in more than 50% of patients with occult primary tumors. • Common sites of involvement : liver, lungs, bones, and lymph nodes. • Certain patterns of metastases suggest possible primaries, occult primaries can metastasize to any site. • Should not rely on patterns of metastases to determine the primary site.
    7. 7. DIAGNOSTIC EVALUATION • The likelihood of determining the primary site depends upon – histologic category – the site of presentation. • The initial work-up of patients presenting with a presumed CUP should not be exhaustive, and should instead be geared toward evaluation of likely primary sites. • A precise diagnosis is desirable in since therapy for these tumors is quite different and may be potentially curative .
    8. 8. Clinico-Pathological Entities of CUP Site of presentation Histology Liver (mainly) and/or other organs Adenocarcinoma, Moderately/ poorly differentiated Lymph nodes •Mediastinal or RP (midline distribution) -Un or poorly differentiated CA •Axillary - Adenocarcinoma, Well to poorly differentiated •Cervical - Squamous Cell Carcinoma •Inguinal - Undifferentiated Ca, SCC, Mixed SCC/ Adeno Ca Peritoneal Cavity •Peritoneal Adeno - carcinomatosis in females - Serous/ papillary adenocarcinoma (+/- Psammoma bodies) •Malignant Ascites of other/unknown origin - Mucinous adenoca – moderately/ poorly differentiated ( +/signet ring cells) Lungs •Pulmonary metastases •Pleural effusion -Adeno Ca, various diff -Adeno Ca, poorly or mod diff Bones – solitary / multiple - Adeno Ca, various diff Brain – solitary/ multiple - Adeno Ca, various diff Neuroendocrine Tumors - Pdiff cancer with neuroendocrine features (mainly), low grade neuroendocrine ca, small cell anaplastic ca
    9. 9. • “Adequate” Evaluation Clinical and Laboratory data required to define a patient as having “CUP” : – Histologically confirmed Metastatic cancer – History and Physical Examination ( incl . Pelvic/ Rectal exam) – Laboratory studies: CBC, CMP, Urinalysis, Stool occult blood – Radiological studies : » Chest X-RAY » Ct SCAN – Chest/ Abdomen/ Pelvis » PET/CT - ? Role – Invasive Procedures: » EGD, Bronchoscopy, Colonoscopy – Depending upon the pathology and clinical presentation of CUP – Pathological Evaluation : » Microscopic examination - Histology » Immunohistochemistry
    10. 10. Pathology • Microscopic examination: – Features of carcinoma seen on H and E slides. – – – Remember Sarcoma, Melanoma and Lymphoma may also show epithelial (carcinomatous) features sometimes. 60% adenocarcinomas, 5% squamous carcinomas, 35% (mixed) Once tumor is classified as a “Carcinoma” , other histopathological features can be used to suggest the site of origin : Examples: » Comedo-necrosis ( breast cancer) » Prominent Nucleoli ( prostate cancer) » Pseudo-stratification – Good clue in GI cancers » None of these features are 100% specific for the site of origin
    11. 11. Pathology Major Histologies in CUP Histology Proportion % Adenocarcinoma, well to moderately differentiated 60% Squamous Cell Carcinoma 5% Poorly differentiated carcinoma/ poorly differentiated Adeno ca 30% Neuroendocrine 2% Undifferentiated Malignancy 3%
    12. 12. Adenocarcinoma • Diagnosis of adenocarcinoma - based on the identification of glandular structures that are formed by the neoplastic cells. • Poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma diagnosed when only minimal glandular formation is seen on histologic examination or in tumors that lack glandular differentiation but stain positively for mucin. • Adenocarcinoma, poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma, and poorly differentiated carcinoma are histologic diagnoses that represent a spectrum of tumor differentiation rather than specific well-demarcated entities
    13. 13. Pathology Immunohistochemistry: •IHC stains: these are peroxidase labeled antibodies against specific tumor antigens that are used to define tumor lineage. •IHC stains should be used in conjunction with the patient’s clinical presentation and imaging studies to select the best therapy.
    14. 14. Pathology Immunohistochemistry •Benefits: – Very helpful in determining the site of origin for CUP – – Cytokeratin 7 / Cytokeratin 20 are the most helpful . Other stains: helpful in suggesting the possible site of origin » » » » » » » » – TTF-1 – Lung, Thyroid GCDFP-15-Mammoglobin – Breast Calretinin – Mesothelioma URO III , Thrombomodulin – Urothelial carcinoma CDX-2 - GI Tract cancers Chromogranin, Synaptophysin – Neuroendocrine cancers. PSA (prostate cancer) and thyroglobulin (thyroid cancer) are the most specific of the current marker panel. However, the prostate and thyroid ca rarely present as CUP – so the yield of these markers is low. GCDFP-15 and uroplakin III are highly specific markers for breast and urothelial cancer respectively – but both are not verey sensitive for detecting these cancers Remember : Poorly or undifferentiated tumors often show loss of one or all of these markers
    15. 15. Pathology Immunohistochemistry •Caveats: • • • • Tissue specificity - No staining pattern is entirely specific Technical performance – can be variable between laboratory due to lack of standardization of antibodies, staining techniques and protocols used in IHC staining. Inter-observer variability : significant variability exists between pathologists based on their experience in interpreting IHC. Communication between treating physician and pathologist is extremely important.
    16. 16. Pathology
    17. 17. CUP - IHC • Once the broad category is identified as “carcinoma”, Cytokeratins are used to further to determine the possible site of origin. • Further specific markers are then used to try to pin-point the most likely site of origin
    18. 18. Immunohistochemistry Cytokeratins (CKs) • • • • • • • 20 sub-types of CK with different molecular weight and different expressions are seen in various cancers and cell types. Monoclonal antibodies to specific CK sub-types are used classify tumors according to site of origin. CK20/ CK7 are most useful and hence, most commonly used. CK7  seen in lung, breast, ovary and endometrium NOT seen in lower GI tract CK20  seen in GI epithelium, urothelium and Merkel’s cells. A pattern of CK20+/CK7- strongly suggests GI neoplasm A pattern of CK20-/CK7+ suggests cancer of lung, breast, ovary, endometrium and pancreatic biliary tract.
    19. 19. Immunohistochemistry - Cytokeratins (CKs)
    20. 20. Immunohistochemistry Other Markers • CDX-2 – a nuclear transcription factor that plays a role in intestinal organogenesis. If positive , favors Gastrointestinal adenocarcinomas. • TTF-1 – thyroid transcription factor-1 – nuclear protein that helps in transcriptional activation during embryogenesis in thyroid, diencephalon and respiratory epithelium. » » » Typically, positive in Lung and Thyroid cancers In lung carcinoma, 68% of adenocarcinomas and 25% of squamous cell cancers stain +ve for TTF -1 Hence, helpful in differentiation of lung primary from metastatic adenocarcinoma in pleural effusion, mediastinum and lung parenchyma • Calretinin & Wilm’s tumor gene-1 are useful markers for mesothelioma ( distinguishing pleural mesothelioma from lung adenocarcinoma can be very challenging).
    21. 21. Immunohistochemistry Other Markers Tissue Marker Diagnosis TTF-1 Lung, Thyroid CDX-2 GI tract Gross Cystic Disease Fibrous Protein 15 (GCDFP) Breast ER, PR Breast BRST1 Breast Thyroglobulin Thyroid cancer PSA Prostate cancer Calretinin, Mesothelin Mesothelioma Chromogranin, Synaptophysin, Neuron specific enolase Neuroendocrine cancer URO III, thrombomodulin Urothelial Ca/ Bladder Ca Beta-HCG Germ cell tumor Alpha-Feto-protein HCC, germ cell tumor S-100, HMB 45 Melanoma Leucocyte common antigen Lymphoma
    22. 22. CUP Imaging
    23. 23. Imaging Studies in CUP Imaging Diagnostic Value Chest X-Ray Pre-Requisite test CT chest/ abdomen/ pelvis 40% accuracy/ guidance to biopsy Mammogram Low sensitivity MRI ( breast) 60% accuracy Barium Studies Not Useful PET/CT scan Useful in certain situations
    24. 24. Role of PET-CT in CUP • Questions remain regarding the Role of PET/CT. • Routine use not recommended • Good candidates for PET/CT • CUP Patients with cervical adenopathy/ squamous cell neck LAD • Patients with single metastatic focus – prior to definitive locoregional therapy. • In patients with disseminated disease, some evidence exists that PET/CT may be helpful in detection of primary in 20% cases. » These studies were small and retrospective » Cost effectiveness not clear » Additional sites of metastases may be detected more often than the primary
    25. 25. CUP Endoscopy
    26. 26. Endoscopy in CUP • Only perform endoscopic procedures oriented to clinical symptoms or signs! Procedure Indication in CUP ENT – Pan-endoscopy Cervical Node involvement Bronchoscopy Symptoms or radiographic indications Colonoscopy Relevant symptoms and signs Proctoscopy Inguinal node involvement
    27. 27. Serum Tumor Markers • Routine evaluation of current commonly used markers have not been proven of any prognostic or diagnostic assistance. • A non-specific multiple overexpression of adenocarcinoma markers (CEA, CA-125, CA19-9, CA-15-3) has been observed in majority of CUP patients. • Worthwhile to request: Tumor Marker Indication PSA In men with bone metastatic adenocarcinoma B-HCG & AFP In men with undifferentiated tumor AFP Patients with hepatic tumors CA 125 Women with papillary adenocarcinoma of peritoneal cavity
    28. 28. How often can the Primary be Identified?
    29. 29. Molecular Analysis • Developing therapeutic strategies for CUP is challenging in the absence of a known primary. • Current diagnostic yield of primary with imaging, endoscopy and IHC is 20 to 30%. • Use of gene expression studies aims to substantially increase this yield – up to 80% accuracy. So, instead of Empiric Chemotherapy – site specific chemotherapy can be used if the primary origin is identified by gene profiling. • RT-PCR or DNA micro-array techniques are commonly used to generate gene expression profiles. • Prospective validation trials are evaluating the role of molecular studies in
    30. 30. CUP - Treatment • Median survival in disseminated CUP is 6-12 months. • Systemic chemotherapy is main treatment modality in most cases. However, integration of surgery and Radiation and even periods of observation are very important in overall management of this condition. • Once the diagnosis is made, the next step is Identification of responsive (favorable) subsets for which specific treatment options exist.
    31. 31. Favorable prognostic factors
    32. 32. Poorly differentiated carcinoma with midline distribution ( Extra-gonadal germ cell syndrome) Favorable subset
    33. 33. Women with papillary adenocarcinoma of peritoneal cavity (Peritoneal adeno-carcinomatosis/ papillary) Favorable subset
    34. 34. . Women with papillary serous adenocarcinoma of the peritoneal cavity • Characteristics: • Remember the germinal epithelium of the ovary and peritoneal mesothelium share the same embryological origin. The site of origin cannot be identified even after abdominal exploration. • Metastases have the histologic features of ovarian adenocarcinoma. • Syndrome been termed peritoneal papillary serous carcinoma or multifocal extra-ovarian serous carcinoma. • More common in women with BRCA-1 mutation and may also be seen after prophylactic oophorectomy . • Elevated CA-125 • Favorable Sub-set • Treat as stage III ovarian cancer.
    35. 35. Isolated Axillary Nodal Adeno-carcinoma in women Favorable subset
    36. 36. Women with isolated axillary adenopathy • Breast cancer should be suspected in women who have AUP (adenocarcinoma of unknown primary) and axillary lymphadenopathy. • Lymph nodes should be tested for ER, PR, and HER-2/neu . • Evaluation : includes • • • Physical examination of both breasts Mammography is indicated to search for a primary site. Bilateral breast MRI is indicated if mammography is negative • Clinically occult breast cancer will be found in approximately one-third of cases. • Modified radical mastectomy recommended, even when the results of physical examination and mammography are normal. Treatment options for ipsilateral breast include mastectomy or whole breast radiation therapy • Axillary node dissection recommended.
    37. 37. Women with isolated axillary adenopathy •Prognosis is similar to lymph node positive breast cancer. • Mobile lymph nodes (N1) - Treat as stage IIA breast cancer. • Fixed lymph nodes (N2) - Treated as stage IIIA breast cancer. •Treatment decisions: • MRM + ALND → chemotherapy ± hormonal therapy/RT. • Neoadjuvant chemotheray for N2 disease .
    38. 38. Chemotherapy followed by hormone therapy where indicated
    39. 39. Squamous cell carcinoma involving cervical lymph nodes Favorable Subset
    40. 40. Squamous cell carcinoma of the cervical lymph nodes • Cervical lymph nodes - most common metastatic site for SCC of unknown primary. • A primary tumor in head and neck region should be suspected. Primary site not found in the majority of patients despite aggressive diagnostic approach. • Patients usually middle-aged or elderly. • History of substantial tobacco and/or alcohol use.
    41. 41. Squamous cell carcinoma of the cervical lymph nodes Diagnostic evaluation:  Thorough examination of the oropharynx, hypopharynx, nasopharynx, larynx, and upper esophagus by direct vision  Fiberoptic nasopharyngolaryngoscopy, with biopsy of any suspicious areas.  Routine bronchoscopy not indicated if the patient has no pulmonary symptoms and if the chest CT is negative.  CT neck  PET/CT  HPV  EBV
    42. 42. Squamous cell carcinoma of the cervical lymph nodes • Initial tissue diagnosis is usually by FNAB ( fine needle aspiration biopsy) • Ipsilateral • Incisional biopsy of cervical node avoided – In some studies, incisional biopsy associated with higher incidence of loco-regional failure and inferior survival after definitive treatment. • Treatment: Rx as locally advanced head and neck cancer  Low stage (N1) – Surgery + RT or RT alone  High stage (N2-N3) – Concurrent Chemoradiotherapy.
    43. 43. Squamous cell carcinoma of the cervical lymph nodes Lower cervical or supraclavicular nodes – A primary lung cancer should be suspected. – Chest x-ray, head and neck examination. If these are unrevealing, proceed with Fiberoptic bronchoscopy. – If the fiberoptic bronchoscopy reveals a primary bronchogenic cancer - positive cervical or supraclavicular lymphnode suggest metastatic lung cancer . Rx as metastatic lung cancer – Patients with no detectable disease below the clavicle : Rx with the same approach as patients with upper cervical nodes.
    44. 44. Neuroendocrine Carcinoma of Unknown Primary Favorable Subset
    45. 45. Poorly Differentiated Neuroendocrine Carcinoma • IHC +ve for Chromogranin/ Synaptophysin/ NSE • Diffuse metastases to liver and bones is a frequent presentation • Platinum-based chemotherapy (platinum + etoposide). • Response rate : 50 to 70% ( CR 25%) • Median survival : 14.5 months
    46. 46. Other Favorable Subsets
    47. 47. Unfavorable features • Adenocarcinoma metastatic to the liver or other organs (multiple mets). • Non-papillary malignant ascites (adenocarcinoma) • Multiple cerebral metastases (adenocarcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma) • Multiple lung/pleural Metastases ( adenocarcinoma) • Multiple metastatic bone disease ( adenocarcinoma)
    48. 48. Adenocarcinoma of unknown origin (AUP) • The incidence of AUP increases with age. • Clinical presentation depends on sites of tumor involvement (frequently multiple) - often include the liver, lungs, lymph nodes, and bones. • Evaluation : – PSA in all men – Mammogram in women if breast cancer is a possibility. Breast MRI in the setting of a negative mammogram in women with adenocarcinoma involving the axillary lymph nodes.
    49. 49. AUP with a colon cancer profile • Predominant metastatic sites in the liver and/or peritoneum • Adenocarcinoma with histology typical of gastrointestinal origin • Typical immunohistochemical staining pattern including CK20-positive/CK7-negative, and CDX-2 positive. • Respond well to chemotherapy with FOLFOX plus Bevacizumab.
    50. 50. Patients with AUP do not fit into any of the clinical subgroups • Empiric chemotherapy may be considered. • 5-fluorouracil- and doxorubicin-based regimens were used in past but produced low response rates ( 20 %) and very few CRs. So, no longer preferred. • Taxane and platinum containing regimens preferred • Improved survival and CR rates when compared to earlier regimens. • Paclitaxel and Carboplatin: • Choice for first-line therapy, based on the relatively large experience with this combination in AUP. • Addition of a third drug (either Etoposide or Gemcitabine)to a taxane and platinum regimen may improve efficacy.
    51. 51. • • • • • Newer regimens containing paclitaxel and gemcitabine have shown efficacy in phase II studies in the treatment of occult primary tumors. Combination of carboplatin, gemcitabine and capecitabine was active in occult primary tumors with liver metastases in patients with good performance status. Median progression-free survival (PFS) was 6.2 months; 1 and 2 year survival rates were 35.6% and 14.2% respectively. In a recent multicenter phase II study, the combination paclitaxel and carboplatin with bevacizumab and erlotinib was active and well tolerated as first-line therapy in patients with CUP. The choice of the regimen should be based on the histologic type of cancer.
    52. 52. • The following regimens are included in the guidelines for the treatment of adenocarcinoma of unknown primary, based on the results of the phase II studies • • • • Paclitaxel and carboplatin with or without etoposide Docetaxel and carboplatin Gemcitabine and cisplatin Gemcitabine and docetaxel
    53. 53. • Second line therapy. Single agent Gemcitabine (1000 mg/m2 weekly three of four weeks) has modest activity. • The combination of Gemcitabine and Irinotecan has modest activity in recurrent or refractory carcinoma.(Phase II study in forty patients Cancer 2005 Nov 1;104(9):1992-7. ). • Phase II trial of bevacizumab and erlotinib in carcinomas of unknown primary site: the Minnie Pearl Cancer Research Network(J Clin Oncol. 2007 May 1;25(13):1747-52.) • Patients with CUP who either had received previous chemotherapy or were previously untreated with poor-prognosis clinical features were eligible for this study. • The median survival is superior to survival previously reported with second-line chemotherapy, and is similar to the results of many first-line chemotherapy trials.
    54. 54. Predictors of Response to empiric Chemotherapy - AUP • Features associated with a favorable response to treatment with empiric chemotherapy – Tumor location in lymph nodes or soft tissue; in comparison, patients with involvement of the liver or bones have relatively poor prognosis – Fewer sites of metastatic disease – Female sex – Poorly differentiated carcinoma histology – Good performance status – Normal serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) level – Normal serum albumin – Normal lymphocyte count .
    55. 55. Poorly differentiated neoplasm • The term poorly differentiated neoplasm is used when the pathologist cannot distinguish between carcinoma and other cancers, such as lymphoma, melanoma, or sarcoma. • Non-Hodgkin lymphomas, which are often curable with combination chemotherapy, account for 34 to 66 percent of the poorly differentiated neoplasms of unknown primary site. • remaining cases consist of poorly differentiated carcinomas; other tumors, including melanoma and sarcoma, collectively account for less than 15 percent of cases. • These tumors can be identified in many cases by immunohistochemical staining, electron microscopy, and/or cytogenetic analysis.
    56. 56. Follow-Up – CUP after Treatment • Follow-up consists of a history and physical every 3-6 months for the first 3 years and as clinically indicated thereafter. • Diagnostics tests should be performed for symptomatic patients.
    57. 57. Conclusion • CUP represents a group of heterogeneous tumors sharing the unique characteristic of metastatic disease without identifiable origin at the time of initial therapy • Although identification of the primary tumor may provide valuable information regarding both treatment and prognosis, aggressive diagnostic workup is usually of little value and not cost effective • The recommended approach is to pursue a limited diagnostic approach to identify favorable subsets.
    58. 58. CASE 1 • • • • • • • • • A 43 year old female with no significant past medical history presented with gradually progressive shortness of breath x2months. Worse over last 7-10 days. She also noticed a painful mass in the chest between two breasts gradually increasing in size. Abdominal distension.denies any fever , rash,denies any other swelling or breast swelling. Decreased appetite, loss of weight. PMH no significant history F/H Mother has history of Ovarian cancer diagnosed in her 40’s and died. S/H not married, no children, not on any OCPs. Menarche at age 14 regular. On examination, patient looked in mild to moderate distress secondary to pain and mild SOB.
    59. 59. • • • • • • • • • afebrile, vitals were stable No pallor Neck—Rt supraclavicular lymph node was positive. Chest a tender soft tissue mass palpable anterior to sternum,fixed non mobile,tender. Breast no masses palpable. Nipples normal, no skin changes. No Axillary nodes palpable. Lungs- NVBS CTA b/l CVS S1 S2 + Abdomen Distended non tense, BS + Ascites +. No inguinal lymph nodes palpable.
    60. 60. • • • • • • • • • • • Labs Cbc and chemistries were normal except for mild electrolyte imbalance. Iron studies showed low ferritin-38 CA 125 - 2977. CT chest/abd/pelvis showed Rt axillary lymph nodes Bilateral pleural effusion. Ascites Nodular omentum,Presence of peritoneal implants Retroperitoneal lymph nodes.,No adnexal mass. Bone scan neg. DD?? Breast?? Ovary??
    61. 61. • Received CT guided biopsy of chest mass and paracentesis. • Biopsy showed poorly differentiated carcinoma with papillary features ? Breast ? Lung? • Peritoneal fluid positive for malignant cells favoring poorly diff adeno carcinoma. • IHC ER – PR- HER2 neu – • KI -67 >90% • Diagnosis?
    62. 62. • Metastatic Carcinoma- probably Breast • Received Carbo/Taxol 1 dose.
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    64. 64. ELECRON MICROSCOPY • • • • • • Electron microscopy allows the visualization of ultrastructural features of the tumors such as organelles, granules and cell junctions Since it is expensive, time consuming, and not widely available, the use should be reserved for selected cases with unclear lineage after extensive work-up Identification of neuroendocrine tumors, melanoma, and poorly differentiated sarcomas Differentiate between 1. Lymphoma and carcinoma 2. Adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma
    65. 65. CYTOGENETIC ANALYSIS
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