What is advanced prostate cancer?
Advanced prostate cancer is cancer that has spread from the prostate to other parts of the body. It develops when prostate cancer cells move through the blood stream or lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is part of the body’s immune system.
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You might hear cancer that has spread described as metastatic prostate cancer, secondary prostate cancer, secondaries, metastases or mets. It is still prostate cancer, wherever it is in the body.
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 their bones.
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. They are found throughout your body and 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. If you do get symptoms, the symptoms you might have will depend on where the cancer has spread to. Speak to your doctor or nurse if you have any symptoms. Read more about symptoms and treatments to help manage them.