The progression of prostate cancer is divided into four distinct stages; by the fourth stage the cancer will have spread to other parts of the body. In this final stage, the Gleason score can range from 2 to 10, and the cancer may have spread to nearby tissue such as the rectum, bladder or pelvic wall. It may also have spread to nearby lymph nodes, and often spreads to the bones.Continue Reading
The stages of prostate cancer represent the degree to which the cancer has spread. In early stages, the cancer is more contained.
Working out a prostate cancer prognosis depends on the stage of the disease and other determining factors such as the person's age, general health, diet and response to treatment, according to the American Cancer Society. The prognosis or long-term outlook for a local and regional stage cancer that has not spread to the lymph nodes or other organs is a nearly 100 percent survival rate.Full Answer >
Stage IV prostate cancer means that the original cancer has spread to other locations within the body, states Texas Oncology. Stage IV prostate cancer is classified as D1 or D2 prostate cancer depending on where the cancer has spread within the body. D1 prostate cancer is localized, and has spread to adjacent organs or lymph nodes.Full Answer >
Although experiencing initial signs of prostate cancer is unusual, some men may notice changes in their health, such as difficulty urinating, lower body pain and painful ejaculation, that can point to prostate cancer, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Other diseases can cause similar symptoms, so a checkup is necessary.Full Answer >
Early stages of a malignant neoplasm of the prostate, or prostate cancer, are asymptomatic, according to Mayo Clinic. Later, symptoms include difficulty in urinating and a diminished urine stream. They also include blood in the semen, pelvic discomfort, bone pain and erectile dysfunction.Full Answer >