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What's the difference between prostate cancer grade and stage?

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While the grade tells you how fast your cancer is growing, the stage lets you know how advanced the cancer is. Most doctors use the TNM staging system. It uses a number system to show how big the tumor is and how far the cancer has spread.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “How is Prostate Cancer Diagnosed?”

American Cancer Society: “How is Prostate Cancer Staged?”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Prostate Cancer: Stages and Grades.”

American Joint Committee on Cancer.

UpToDate: “Interpretation of prostate biopsy.”

UpToDate: “Initial staging and evaluation of men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Understanding Your Pathology Report: Prostate Cancer.”

Reviewed by Stuart Bergman on February 05, 2016

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “How is Prostate Cancer Diagnosed?”

American Cancer Society: “How is Prostate Cancer Staged?”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Prostate Cancer: Stages and Grades.”

American Joint Committee on Cancer.

UpToDate: “Interpretation of prostate biopsy.”

UpToDate: “Initial staging and evaluation of men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Understanding Your Pathology Report: Prostate Cancer.”

Reviewed by Stuart Bergman on February 05, 2016

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