In stage 4 prostate cancer, cancer cells have spread from the prostate to nearby tissues, organs, lymph nodes and/or bones. Symptoms may include urinary problems, erectile dysfunction, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, or pain in the back, hips and thighs. The prognosis for stage 4 prostate cancer varies based on how far into the body cancer cells have spread.
Stage 4 prostate cancer is characterized by:
Treatment options for stage 4 may include:
The prognosis for men with stage 4 depends on how the cancer has progressed through the body. In cases where the cancer has spread to distant areas, five-year survival rates decrease to 29%, according to the American Cancer Society.
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