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What are the stages of prostate cancer?

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Prostate Cancer Stage I

In stage I, prostate cancer is found in the prostate only.

Stage I prostate cancer is microscopic; it can’t be felt on a digital rectal exam (DRE), and it isn’t seen on imaging of the prostate.

Prostate Cancer Stage II

In stage II, the tumor has grown inside the prostate but hasn’t extended beyond it.

Prostate Cancer Stage III

Stage III prostate cancer has spread outside the prostate, but only barely.

Prostate cancer in stage III may involve nearby tissues, like the seminal vesicles.

Prostate Cancer Stage IV

In stage IV, the cancer has spread (metastasized) outside the prostate to other tissues.

Stage IV prostate cancer commonly spreads to lymph nodes, the bones, liver, or lungs.

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