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What tests are used to diagnose metastatic prostate cancer?

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When you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, your doctor will order tests such as:

These tests may focus on your skeleton and in your belly and pelvic areas. That way doctors can check for signs that the cancer has spread. If you have symptoms such as bone pain and broken bones for no reason, your doctor may order a bone scan. It can show if you have metastatic cancer in your bones. Your doctor will also ask for blood tests, including a check of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, to look for other signs that the cancer is spreading.

  • X-rays
  • CT scans
  • MRI scans
  • PET scans

From: What Is Metastatic Prostate Cancer? WebMD Medical Reference

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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