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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


stage IV prostate cancer  listen  (...PROS-tayt KAN-ser)

  Cancer (1) has spread beyond the seminal vesicles to nearby tissue or organs, such as the rectum, bladder, or pelvic wall; or (2) has spread to nearby lymph nodes and may have spread to the seminal vesicles or to nearby tissue or organs, such as the rectum, bladder, or pelvic wall; or (3) has spread to distant parts of the body, which may include lymph nodes or bones. Also, the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) can be any level and the Gleason score can range from 2 to 10.

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Prostate cancer staging; six  panel drawing showing a side view of normal  male  anatomy and closeup views of Stage I, Stage IIA, Stage IIB, Stage III, and Stage IV  showing cancer growing from within the  prostate to nearby tissue and then to lymph nodes or other parts of the body.