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What tests are done to diagnose prostate cancer spread?

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If your doctor thinks that your cancer has spread beyond your prostate, you may be asked to take a test like a:

Knowing if your cancer has spread will help your doctor work with you to choose your best treatment.

  • Bone scan
  • MRI
  • Ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • PET scan

From: When Prostate Cancer Spreads WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What Is Prostate Cancer?" "Watchful Waiting or Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer," "Can Prostate Cancer Be Found Early?" "Signs and Symptoms of Prostate Cancer." "Key Statistics for Prostate Cancer."

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "Detecting Recurrence."

Harvard Medical School: "How to handle a relapse after treatment for prostate cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Missed Radiation Therapy Sessions Increase Risk of Cancer Recurrence."

Mayo Clinic: "Prostate Cancer: Diagnosis."  "Prostatitis."

Medscape. "Prostatitis Treatment & Management."U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. "Prostate Cancer Screening Final Recommendation."

UpToDate.com. "Chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome."

American Urological Association. "Early Detection of Prostate Cancer."  

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What Is Prostate Cancer?" "Watchful Waiting or Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer," "Can Prostate Cancer Be Found Early?" "Signs and Symptoms of Prostate Cancer." "Key Statistics for Prostate Cancer."

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "Detecting Recurrence."

Harvard Medical School: "How to handle a relapse after treatment for prostate cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Missed Radiation Therapy Sessions Increase Risk of Cancer Recurrence."

Mayo Clinic: "Prostate Cancer: Diagnosis."  "Prostatitis."

Medscape. "Prostatitis Treatment & Management."U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. "Prostate Cancer Screening Final Recommendation."

UpToDate.com. "Chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome."

American Urological Association. "Early Detection of Prostate Cancer."  

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 12, 2018

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