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How does prostate cancer spread?

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Prostate cancer grows locally within the prostate, often for many years. Eventually, prostate cancer extends outside the prostate. Prostate cancer can spread beyond the prostate in three ways:

Prostate cancer stages describe the precise extent of prostate cancer’s spread.

  • By growing into neighboring tissues (invasion)
  • By spreading through the lymph system of lymph nodes and lymph vessels
  • By traveling to distant tissues through the blood (metastasis)

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Prostate Cancer Treatment” and “Prostate Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 4, 2019

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Prostate Cancer Treatment” and “Prostate Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 4, 2019

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