Can prostate cancer spread beyond the prostate gland?

Mark S. Litwin, MD
Unlike slow-growing indolent prostate cancer, a more aggressive type of prostate cancer can spread throughout the body to the lymph nodes; to the bones, where it can cause painful symptoms; and to other areas of the body as well. These are the cases that need to be identified and treated early.
Prostate cancer can spread beyond the prostate gland if it is aggressive enough. Prostate cancer can spread to the lymph nodes near the prostate gland and into the bones. Thankfully most prostate cancers are not aggressive enough to spread beyond the prostate.

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