How you are diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer will depend on your situation. It may be:
- after previous treatment for early or locally advanced prostate cancer – possibly many years ago
- after being diagnosed with cancer in the prostate, if further tests show the cancer is advanced
- after tests to check symptoms of bone pain, with no previous diagnosis of prostate cancer.
The most common places for prostate cancer to spread to is to the bones and lymph nodes outside the pelvis. It rarely spreads to areas such as the lungs or liver.