What Is Metastatic Prostate Cancer?

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Metastatic prostate cancer is an advanced form of cancer (stage 4) in which the cancer cells have spread from the prostate to other areas of the body. Stage 4 prostate cancer may be categorized as a local metastasis or a distant metastasis. In a local metastasis, the cancer has spread to nearby organs in the pelvis, such as the pelvic lymph nodes, bladder or rectum. In a distant metastasis, the cancer has spread farther and may be found in the bones, liver, lungs, lymph nodes outside the pelvis or another part of the body.

Prostate cancer that has advanced to this stage often causes symptoms such as difficulty urinating, painful urination, erectile dysfunction and blood in the urine or semen. General weakness, fatigue, bone pain and unexpected weight loss may also occur. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to consult with your physician, as many other conditions can cause similar symptoms. Your physician can review your medical history and run diagnostic tests to identify your condition and recommend treatment options.

Frequently asked questions about metastatic prostate cancer

If you have been diagnosed with late-stage prostate cancer, you likely have a number of questions about this malignancy and what you can expect moving forward. To help answer some of your initial questions, you may find it useful to browse the following articles:

While these articles may help provide general information about metastatic prostate cancer, it is best to discuss your individual condition and specific questions with a physician to receive medical advice that is tailored to your unique circumstances. At Moffitt Cancer Center, the multispecialty team that makes up our Urologic Oncology Program collaborates in regular tumor board meetings to provide our patients with individualized treatment plans that lead to better outcomes and an improved quality of life.

Medically reviewed by Monica Chatwal, MD.

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