There are different stages of advanced prostate cancer:
- Locally advanced – the cancer has extended beyond the prostate and may include seminal vesicles (tumour stage T3) or other surrounding organs such as the bladder or rectum (tumour stage T4)
- Metastatic – the cancer has spread to distant parts of the body such as bone.
While you may be told that your cancer is not curable, remember many men live for years with a diagnosis of advanced prostate cancer. There are treatment options available to slow the spread of the cancer and reduce symptoms. You can read more information about treatment options in one of the booklets in this series: Treatment.