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What is stage I prostate cancer?

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If you have stage I cancer, the cancer is small, and it hasn't grown outside your prostate. Slow-growing cancers might never cause symptoms or other health problems.

In this stage, your prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels and Gleason scores are low, and that's good. When they're higher, your cancer is more aggressive. It’s also more likely to come back and require more intensive treatment.

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Prostrate Cancer Treatment.”

American Cancer Society: “Understanding Radiation Therapy,” “Initial treatment of prostate cancer by stage.”

Prostate Cancer Foundation: “Treatment Options.”

Center to Advance Palliative Care: “Prostate Cancer and Palliative Care.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on May 12, 2018

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Prostrate Cancer Treatment.”

American Cancer Society: “Understanding Radiation Therapy,” “Initial treatment of prostate cancer by stage.”

Prostate Cancer Foundation: “Treatment Options.”

Center to Advance Palliative Care: “Prostate Cancer and Palliative Care.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on May 12, 2018

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