‘My diagnosis was very quick. I had a very aggressive form of cancer and everything happened very quickly, from diagnosis through to biopsies … obviously the most critical time was after the initial diagnosis of my cancer. I wanted more information.’
Prostate cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop in the prostate. These cells have the potential to multiply in an uncontrolled way. The cancer can be slow or fast growing, depending how quickly the cancer cells multiply. In some men, the cancer can spread to other parts of the body. This is known as advanced prostate cancer or advanced disease.
For some men, their cancer is not detected until it has spread beyond the prostate. Sometimes, even if early prostate cancer is appropriately treated, it returns later at the advanced stage.
Symptoms of advanced prostate cancer
Sometimes there are no symptoms of advanced prostate cancer. In other instances, symptoms may include:
- feeling the frequent or sudden need to urinate
- finding it difficult to urinate (for example, trouble starting, or not being able to urinate when the feeling is there)
- discomfort when urinating
- finding blood in urine or semen
- pain in the lower back, upper thighs or hips
- bone pain / fractures (broken bones)
- unexpected weight loss
It is important to remember that these symptoms are not necessarily caused by prostate cancer. However, if you experience any of these symptoms, discuss them with your doctor.