I'm concerned about prostate cancer metastasis. Where can prostate cancer spread?

In theory, prostate cancer cells can spread anywhere in the body. In practice, though, most cases of prostate cancer metastasis occur in the lymph nodes and the bones. Prostate cancer metastasis occurs when cells break away from the tumor in the prostate. The cancer cells can travel through the lymphatic system or the bloodstream to other areas of the body. More commonly prostate cancer metastasis can occur in the: Bones, Lymph nodes, Lungs, Liver, Brain. Rare locations of prostate cancer metastasis include: Adrenal glands, Breasts, Eyes, Kidneys, Muscles, Pancreas, Salivary glands, Spleen. If you've been diagnosed with prostate cancer and you're concerned about prostate cancer metastasis, talk with your doctor about your risk of prostate cancer metastasis and your treatment options.

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Symptoms of prostate cancer metastasis?

Prostate cancer. The most common metastatic site would be bones-although it also can go to other sites- lymph glands, lung, liver etc.. Symptoms will depend on the location of metastases. Bone pain, fractures would be the symptoms of bony mets. If spread to the adjacent area such as bladder area- blood in urine, lower abdomen pain, prob wi/ urination, obstruction can happen. Weight loss, weakness are common too. Read more...
Pain. Pain would be the most common symptom of metastasis, as bone involvement is common in advanced prostate cancer. Read more...

What are the most advanced tests for diagnosis of metastasis of a primary prostate cancer?

Imaging and PSA. Most patients with metastatic prostate cancer have psa levels above 10 ng/ml. Depending on the location of the metastases, which are usually in the bone, bone scan can detect mets. Read more...
Many choices. A few options here. For bone involvement a na-f18 pet scan is the most sensitive along with MRI scans. Standard bone scan, imho, is outdated. Also, we find the measurement of ctc's (circulating tumor cells, very useful. Standard ct scan is good for lung and liver disease. Last, MRI with iron nanoparticles is great for lymph node + disease evaluation. Prostatscint is not so useful anymore. Read more...

How often do doctors check psa and tumor markers for prostate cancer metastasis?

Every 3 months. The ususal timeframe to check for prostate cancer recurrence and monitoring is about every 3 to 4 months. The frequency can change depending on the actual number, however. Read more...
Usually each visit. Psa has high sensitivity for detecting recurrence after radical prostatectomy, but is less sensitive in detecting recurrence after radiation therapy. For monitoring hormone treatment, psa provides a sensitive tool with which to verify treatment response and detect tumor recurrence;.Serial measurements provide reliable evidence. Read more...
Every 6 mos for 10yr. We check every 6 months if all looks good for ten years. If something looks suspicious or concerning i will check every three months for a short interim until the problem declares itself one way or another. Read more...