You may be concerned about the future and how a diagnosis of prostate cancer will affect your life and your loved ones. It can be difficult and stressful trying to make a decision about your treatment.
Many men will want to know how successful their treatment is likely to be. This is sometimes called your outlook or prognosis.
No one can tell you exactly what your outlook will be, as it will depend on many things, including the stage of your prostate cancer and how quickly it might be growing. Your age, general health and any other health problems will also affect how long you will live. Speak to your doctor about your own situation.
Localised prostate cancer
It’s normal to worry about dying if you’ve just been told you have cancer. But most localised prostate cancer is slow-growing and may not shorten a man’s life. For many men with localised prostate cancer, treatment will get rid of the cancer. So having prostate cancer doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll die from it. For some men, treatment may be less successful and the cancer may come back. If this happens, you might need further treatment.
Locally advanced prostate cancer
It’s normal to worry about dying if you’ve just been told you have cancer. But many men with locally advanced prostate cancer have treatment that aims to get rid of their cancer. So a diagnosis of prostate cancer doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll die from it. But for some men, treatment may be less successful and the cancer may come back again. If this happens, you might need further treatment.
If you have hormone therapy on its own, it can keep the cancer under control, usually for several years. And there are other treatments available after hormone therapy.
Advanced prostate cancer
While it isn’t possible to cure advanced prostate cancer, hormone therapy can keep it under control, sometimes for several years. And when hormone therapy stops working, there are other treatments available to keep the cancer under control for longer.
No one can tell you exactly what your outlook will be, as every cancer is different and will affect each man differently. And not everyone wants to know about their outlook. If you do, speak to your doctor about your own situation. Some people find it helpful to discuss their outlook so that they can make plans for the future.
Find out more
For general information about the outlook for men with prostate cancer, visit the Cancer Research UK website.