Testing for Advanced Prostate Cancer
Yumhee Park | Jun 30th 2015 Nov 11th 2016
Reviewed by Todd Gersten, MD
Patients with prostate cancer that is not localized to the prostate and has spread cannot be cured of their disease; however, many treatments are now available that help prolong overall survival in patients with metastatic disease. Testing for it is one way to be on top of managing and treating this cancer.
Monitoring of advanced prostate cancer
When should testing be done?
When patients have rising PSA, onset of new symptoms, bone pain, lower extremity swelling, new development of blood in the urine, and/or changes in the pattern of urination.