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What exactly does stage 5 prostate cancer mean?

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What exactly does stage 5 prostate cancer mean?

Postby tadleigh » Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:32 pm

I found out yesterday my grandpa has stage 5 prostate cancer and it's terminal.
What exactly does stage 5 mean? What is the life expectancy at this point?
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What exactly does stage 5 prostate cancer mean?

Postby stevie » Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:35 pm

Prostate Cancer

Stage I .. a small tumor in the prostate
Stage II .. the cancer has spread throughout the prostate
Stage III ... the cancer has spread to outside the prostate
Stage IV .. the cancer has metastasized to other parts of the body

There is no stage V (5) .. IV (4) is as bad as it gets
BUT life expectancy depends on where it has metastasized too.

A friend of mine has ''lived with this'' (Stage IV) for 3 years now.
He has regular Chemo.
He cannot be ''cured'' and knows he has maybe another 1 or 2 years.
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What exactly does stage 5 prostate cancer mean?

Postby fagin » Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:42 pm

6 months.
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Postby kulbart » Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:49 pm

I am very sorry to hear about your Grandpa, unfortunately this means he has late stage cancer which will have spread to other parts of his body. His oncologist will have a treatment plan for him but this may be just pain relief at this stage, to keep him comfortable.
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