Understanding advanced prostate cancer

Advanced prostate cancer is when the cancer has spread into surrounding tissues or beyond the prostate.

  • Cancer and cell types

    Cancers are grouped into types. Types of cancer often behave and respond to treatments in different ways.

  • What is advanced prostate cancer?

    Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Advanced prostate cancer is when the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

  • The prostate gland

    The prostate gland produces semen and a protein called prostate specific antigen (PSA), needed for ejaculation.

  • Signs and symptoms of advanced prostate cancer

    Symptoms may be due to an enlarged prostate gland or cancer that has spread to another part of the body (secondary cancer).

  • Why do cancers come back?

    Sometimes, tiny cancer cells are left behind after cancer treatment. These can divide to form a new tumour.