Prostate Cancer Later Stage Symptoms

There are generally no symptoms in the earliest stages of prostate cancer, which could be grossly misleading for the patient. However, it helps to identify the symptoms as they appear, so that at least the patient may be able to take the appropriate steps to treat or cure the disease.

Stage I prostate condition is naturally the time when the symptoms really do not appear. It is even difficult to detect the cancer medically at this time because the tumor itself is hardly large enough to be felt by a digital rectal examination (DRE). This would be the time when the cancer is most treatable, but it is extremely rare for it to be caught at this time because it might require an invasive procedure that would be overkill if the cancer happens not to be there.

The symptoms of prostate kind of cancer in Stage II are not very common either. The patient may begin to find that he urinated more and more at night, yet finding also that the experience is excruciating. That aside, he may begin to experience problems with his sexual functions because of the blockage of his urethra, which is a condition that results from an enlarged prostate. The enlarged prostate itself is a consequence of the tumor in the prostate getting larger. Of course it may be detectable by a DRE test now, but because prostate enlargement may also occur as a result of natural aging, a PSA test, and perhaps a biopsy is often necessary to confirm the diagnosis.

Stage III prostate cancer is when the cancer gradually starts to spread out of the prostate gland to the immediate surroundings. Often this is characterized by blood in urine and blood in semen, including perhaps some pain in the pelvic region. Unsurprisingly, treating the condition will be getting more and more difficult by this time, although curing it is still possible to some extent.

There are two parts to Stage IV disease: D1, in which the cancer is locally advanced; and D2 in which the cancerous cells have metastasized to far out locations in the body. The symptoms are regularly bone pain and swelling of the lymph nodes. The lymph nodes swell as the lymphatic system and bloodstream are invaded by the spreading tumor, and the bone pain results from the cancers that have now settled in the bones and proceeded to characteristically multiply uncontrollably. The parts most frequently affected by this are the lower back, the ribs, and the thigh bone (in the proximal part).

Once the disease is as far out spread as it is in stage IV, physicians do not consider it curable, and any treatment they administer is generally with the intention of palliation ? to delay symptoms, manage pain, and prolong the life of the patient.

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