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Symptoms of advanced prostate cancer

Prostate cancer often grows slowly. Symptoms may not develop for many years. The symptoms of advanced prostate cancer may be due to an enlarged prostate.

Symptoms of an enlarged prostate can include:

  • difficulty peeing – for example, a weak flow or having to strain to start peeing
  • needing to pee more often than usual, especially at night
  • feeling like you have not completely emptied your bladder after peeing
  • blood in the pee or semen
  • rarely, pain when peeing or ejaculating.

You may also have symptoms if the cancer has spread to another part of the body (secondary cancer). The symptoms will depend on which part of the body is affected. But the most common place for prostate cancer to spread to is the bones.

Some men have a few general symptoms which may include:

  • being more tired than usual
  • generally feeling unwell
  • having less of an appetite.

If you have any of the symptoms we mention here, it is important to have them checked by your doctor.

The consultant at the local hospital was brilliant, arranging a bone scan and an MRI scan. The options for treatment were discussed and I had hormonal therapy.


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About 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

The prostate gland produces semen. It is situated close to the tube, which is called the urethra. Urine and semen leave the body through the urethra.

What is cancer?

There are more than 200 different kinds of cancer, each with its own name and treatment.