What can affect my outlook?
No one can tell you exactly what will happen. How prostate cancer affects you will depend on many things.
- Your stage – Whether your cancer is localised, locally advanced, or advanced.
- Your Gleason score or grade group – The higher your Gleason score, the more aggressive the cancer, and the more likely it is to spread.
- Your treatment options – You may be able to have treatment aimed at getting rid of the cancer. Or you may be able to have treatment to keep the cancer under control.
- Your health – If you have other health problems, you may have fewer treatment options. And you may be more likely to die from another condition, such as heart disease.
- Your PSA level – After you’ve been diagnosed, PSA tests are a good way of monitoring your prostate cancer and seeing how you’re responding to treatment.
- How successful your treatment is– Your treatment may be successful at getting rid of your cancer or keeping it under control. But for some men, treatment may not work as well as expected.