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Metastatic prostate cancer

Metastatic prostate cancer is when prostate cancer cells have spread to other parts of your body, away from the prostate gland. It is also known as advanced or secondary prostate cancer. 

It is not possible to cure advanced prostate cancer but there are treatments that can control your prostate cancer for months or years.

What is metastatic prostate cancer?

Metastatic prostate cancer is when prostate cancer cells have spread to other parts of your body, away from the prostate gland. It is also known as advanced or secondary prostate cancer. 

Your cancer may be advanced when it is first diagnosed, or your cancer may have come back or spread some time after your first diagnosis.

How does cancer spread?

Cancer cells can spread via the lymphatic or blood system from your prostate gland to other parts of the body. 

If you have had treatment for prostate cancer, some cancer cells that have been inactive for many years and undetectable by scans may start to grow. Read more about why cancer comes back after treatment

Where in the body does prostate cancer spread?

The most common place for prostate cancer to spread to is your bones. Other places include lymph nodes, or your lungs, liver or brain. 

The cancer is still prostate cancer, even if it is found in other parts of your body. It will be treated with prostate cancer treatments.

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