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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.

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 Louise Chang on April 22, 2019

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 Louise Chang on April 22, 2019

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