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What does it mean if you have metastatic prostate cancer?

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If your prostate cancer spreads to other parts of your body, your doctor may tell you that it's "metastatic" or that your cancer has "metastasized."

Most often, prostate cancer spreads to the bones or lymph nodes. It's also common for it to spread to the liver or lungs. It's rarer for it to move to other organs, such as the brain.

It's still prostate cancer, even when it spreads. For example, metastatic prostate cancer in a bone in your hip is not bone cancer. It has the same prostate cancer cells the original tumor had.

Metastatic prostate cancer is an advanced form of cancer. There's no cure, but you can treat it and control it. Most men with advanced prostate cancer live a normal life for many years.

SOURCES:

CancerCare: "Living With Metastatic Prostate Cancer," "Caring for Your Bones When You Have Prostate Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Metastatic Cancer."

American Cancer Society: "What is advanced cancer?" "What is metastatic cancer?" "Can advanced or metastatic cancer be prevented?" "What's New on Prostate Cancer Research? Topics," "Prostate cancer that remains or recurs after treatment."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on April 9, 2017

SOURCES:

CancerCare: "Living With Metastatic Prostate Cancer," "Caring for Your Bones When You Have Prostate Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Metastatic Cancer."

American Cancer Society: "What is advanced cancer?" "What is metastatic cancer?" "Can advanced or metastatic cancer be prevented?" "What's New on Prostate Cancer Research? Topics," "Prostate cancer that remains or recurs after treatment."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on April 9, 2017

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