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How does prostate cancer spread?

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Prostate cancer grows within the prostate, often for many years. Eventually, it may go outside the prostate in any of these ways:

  • 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 04, 2019

SOURCES:

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

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 04, 2019

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