Symptoms and Staging

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

In its early stages, prostate cancer does not produce symptoms.

As it enlarges, it compresses the urethra interfering with normal urination and may produce symptoms which include the following:

Cancer that has spread to bone, then pain may occur, most commonly in the back and hips.

Prostate Cancer by Stage

Staging determines the extent of prostate cancer and include the three following stages.

A number of tests can be used to determine the stage of disease. Locally advanced prostate cancer is most frequently detected through traditional imaging studies, such as CT scans and x-rays, or through bone scans.

Cancers that spread to more distant organs tend to travel through the lymphatic system.

Knowing the stage of disease can help to determine how aggressively the disease needs to be treated, and how likely it is to be eradicated by the available treatment options.