Advanced (metastatic) prostate cancer is cancer that has spread
from the prostate to other parts of the body. It develops when
prostate cancer cells move from the prostate to other parts of the
body through the blood stream or lymphatic system.
Prostate cancer can spread to any part of the body, but most
commonly to the bones. More than four out of five men (80 per cent)
with advanced prostate cancer will have cancer that has spread to
Another common place for prostate cancer to spread to is the lymph nodes (sometimes called lymph
glands). Lymph nodes are part of your lymphatic system and are
found throughout your body. Some of the lymph nodes are in the
pelvic area – near the prostate.
Advanced prostate cancer can cause symptoms, such as fatigue (extreme tiredness), bone pain and problems urinating. Some treatments
for advanced prostate cancer, including hormone therapy and chemotherapy, can
help to relieve or reduce symptoms. There are also specific treatments to help
It's not possible to cure advanced prostate cancer, but
treatments can keep it under control, sometimes for several
Speak to your doctor or nurse if you have any questions about
treatments or have any symptoms. You can also speak to our Specialist
Nurses over the phone or online.
Treatments for advanced prostate cancer