Once the cancer cells have freed themselves from the tumor, they travel to other areas of the body
No man wants to hear his doctor say, “Your prostate cancer has spread.” Metastatic prostate cancer simply means that the cancer has spread outside of the prostate into other areas of the body. A doctor often will refer to this as “the cancer has metastasized” or that it’s “metastatic.” Even though metastatic prostate cancer is an advanced form of cancer with no cure, it can be treated and controlled. The majority of men who have advanced prostate cancer go on to live a normal life for many years.
When cancer of the prostate has metastasized, it usually will spread to the bones or lymph nodes, but it can also spread to the liver or lungs. When it spreads to other regions of the body, it is still referred to as prostate cancer, since it is the same prostate cancer cells from the original tumor.
How does prostate cancer metastasize?