How Fast and Where Does Prostate Cancer Spread (metastasis)?
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Here is the table (source; the National Cancer Institute) about the main sites of metastasis from some different types of cancer:
Again, bone is the most common site of where the cancerous cells from prostate to spread. The complications of when bone is affected by prostate cancer can vary from patient to patient – depending on the location and size of the cancer that affects the bone.
Typically, the pain is getting worse at night. Tender or painful sensation can occur in the areas of bones affected by cancer. Bones of thighs, hips, and back may be the most vulnerable areas for the metastasis of prostate cancer.
For swelling symptom or lump, it usually occurs when the cancerous tumor in bone is quite large in size. But this is also dependent on the location of the affected bones. For cancer that affects a joint, lump may be relatively easier to be noticeable and it also can choke the way to move the affected joint. You also may have a limp if the cancerous cells have spread in the bone of your leg.
Theoretically, cancer cells may be able to spread to any sites /organs of the body – particularly true if left untreated. So, does it spread to the brain?
‘Yes’ there are a few number of this case. But however, the case of brain for metastasis of prostate cancer is very rare if compared to other common sites of metastasis (such as bones, lungs, & liver).
*This article is only purposed for general information. For more comprehensive information about prostate cancer metastasis, see medical specialists for prostate cancer!
doctor tells me I have stage 3.4 -gleason score hard 7- 4+3 I am 77yrs old and other wise healthy. I decided to let things take there course.watchful waiting.bench marked psa at 27.5 bench mark go for another psa in 6 months,and see how it spreading.
Concerned about spread. 3-4, after biopsy. Aged 74. Doctor has asked why an MRI scan was not offered? or surgery? Supposed to have contact with hospital, but have not been able to connect with anyone. There’s a persistent pain in left leg. Could be arthritis? It would help to know that it is this rather than a spread. Appreciate NHS restrictive practice for treatment of older persons in UK, but do lead an active life. Work three days a week and garden.