STEP 7: End-of-life care

Palliative care: Palliative care interventions should be considered for all patients diagnosed with CUP.

Ensure that an advance care plan is in place.

Communication – The lead clinician should:

  • be open about the prognosis and discuss palliative care options with the patient/carer
  • initiate specialist palliative care during the diagnostic stage
  • establish transition plans to ensure the patient’s needs and goals are addressed in the appropriate environment.