Stages of prostate cancer
Depending on your age, your current health, and your past health history, your doctor may examine the prostate gland in the office and may order screening tests.
After you have been screened by your doctor and told you should be checked further for cancer of the prostate, your doctor will perform additional tests.
These tests will help determine if there are cancerous cells and if they have spread beyond the gland to other parts of your body.
This procedure is called staging based on size of the cancer and how far it has spread.
It usually includes a test to provide the Gleason Score.
Prostate cancer staging
An older system called TNM includes descriptions of
Currently, the most common classification of staging is the numerical system:
After you have the results of these tests, your doctor will discuss your treatment options, which depending on the stages of prostate cancer and your personal health history, may vary from watchful waiting, lifestyle changes, medication, to immediate aggressive therapies.
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This page last updated by Sharon Jones.
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