Prostate cancer - Outlook

If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body., you will probably be worried and wondering what will happen next. This page gives information that will help answer some questions about outlook (also referred to as prognosis).

There are many things that can affect the outcome; how your cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. develops and how it will respond to treatment. No one can say for sure what the outcome will be at the point of diagnosisThe process of determining which condition a patient may have.. In the case of prostate cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body., the main factors that will affect your own prognosis are:

  • PSA level
  • Grade of the cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. based on what the cells look like, which gives an idea of how quickly the cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. may develop. This is assessed using the GleasonA system used to assess the extent of abnormality of prostate cancer cells. system
  • Stage of the cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. based on the size of the tumour and whether it has spread elsewhere in the body.

Bear in mind that other things will also influence your prognosis, such as your age, race, other aspects of your health and medical history, and that of your family. Also remember that your cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. may behave very differently to a similar cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. in another man. And your response to treatment may also be different.

You should always talk to your doctors about the possible development of your cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. if left untreated, and alternatively how and whether it could be cured or alleviated by the particular course of treatment you have chosen.

Learn more about:

  • Grade of cancer
  • Stage of cancer
  • Prognosis estimates - use this page if you prefer to know estimated percentages of men who typically survive five years after diagnosisThe process of determining which condition a patient may have. of different types of cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body.. This page also explains risk groups in localised prostate cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body..