Despite treatment, prostate cancer sometimes recurs. A prostate tumor can grow beyond the prostate gland, and cancer cells can travel through the lymph system or through the blood to reach other parts of the body, such as the lymph nodes or bones. This is metastatic prostate cancer. Although tumors appear in distant sites, this is not a new cancer; it is a recurrence of the original prostate cancer.
In some cases, the prostate cancer has already spread, or metastasized, by the time a man learns that he has the disease.
Advanced, or metastatic, prostate cancer cannot be cured, but new treatments may put your cancer in remission and give you a good quality of life for years. If you have advanced prostate cancer, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) can offer you new medical procedures and treatments, as well as access to clinical studies, that your community doctor may not know about. No one at SCCA will tell you that a diagnosis of advanced prostate cancer is not serious, but there is hope.
Your doctor may recommend treating your advanced prostate cancer with chemotherapy. Other options for managing your cancer are radiation therapy and hormone therapy. Ask your doctor about taking part in clinical studies of promising treatments for metastatic disease.