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Advanced prostate cancer refers to cancer that has spread beyond the prostate, or Stage III or Stage IV prostate cancer. Knowing your stage and what it means is important. Stage III prostate cancer is also called locally advanced prostate cancer. At this stage, the cancer has spread just beyond the prostate to nearby lymph glands or the seminal vesicles. Stage IV prostate cancer is also called metastatic prostate cancer. At this stage, the cancer has spread, or metastasized, to other organs such as the bone, liver, or lungs.
Types of Metastatic Prostate Cancer
- mCRPC – Metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. mCRPC is a form of advanced prostate cancer that no longer responds to hormone treatments, shows signs of growth, and has spread to other parts of the body.
- mHSPC – Metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer is cancer that has spread outside of the prostate and can still be treated with hormone therapy. This may also be called metastatic castration-sensitive prostate cancer (mCSPC).
- mCSPC – Metastatic castration-sensitive prostate cancer, also called metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer (mHSPC). This is a form of prostate cancer that has spread beyond the prostate, or metastasized, but still responds to hormone treatment.
Learn more about your treatment options for metastatic hormone-sensitive (mHSPC), developed in partnership with Medscape Oncology.
The best way to make an informed decision about your treatment is to learn as much as you can about your condition. Research all of your treatment options and work with your doctor and support network to make the right treatment decisions for you. There are several options for treatment available today and research is being conducted across the country to discover and make available new and better treatments. Ask questions and take notes on all of the options and choices applicable to you.
Explore our website and resources to learn more about advanced prostate cancer, treatment options, clinical trials, and living a full life with the disease.
Watch medical oncologist Dr. Alicia Morgans give an introduction to understanding advanced prostate cancer.
Financial Assistance for Advanced Prostate Cancer Patients
There are resources available to help men pay for their medications for treatment and other related expenses. Treatments may include oral drugs, injections, supportive care drugs, or other medications and procedures. To help offset the cost of prescription drugs, patient assistance programs have been established. Other resources exist to help people navigate the ever-changing costs associated with cancer care today. Visit our Financial Resources section to learn about resources for support.
Advanced Prostate Cancer Resources
At ZERO we are dedicated to helping you live your best life possible and we have resources and information to help you and your loved ones throughout the advanced prostate cancer journey. Our advanced prostate cancer resources include print materials, online educational programs and co-pay assistance. Check out some of our resources listed below.
There are many clinical studies offered for patients with metastatic prostate cancer. Many of these studies try to find out if study medications (alone or with other treatments) are safe and if they can help prevent, find, or treat prostate cancer. Learning about clinical trials and whether or not they are an option for you is an important part of the treatment decision making process.
Click HERE to learn more about clinical trial phases, eligibility, informed consent, and patient protection.
As part of our educational efforts at ZERO, we have developed this brochure to provide you and your loved ones with information about advanced prostate cancer, treatment options, managing side effects, and other valuable information. Click here to download a PDF of the brochure or email email@example.com to request printed materials.
The treatment and management of advanced prostate cancer continues to evolve. Hear from Dr. Alicia Morgans and Col. Paul Taylor – a Stage IV prostate cancer patient – as they discuss current treatments, managing side effects, and clinical trials in this December 2017 webinar.
Other webinars on relevant topics, such as clinical trials and bone health, in our webinar library
Watch our collection of educational videos on prostate cancer, featuring experts, patients, caregivers, and survivors speaking on a variety of issues relating to advanced prostate cancer, including bone health, treatment options, and the possibility of recurrence.
View the Advanced Prostate Cancer Fact Sheet
View the Advanced Prostate Cancer Q&A
Prostate Cancer Road Map
Put yourself in the driver’s seat to manage advanced prostate cancer by visiting My Prostate Cancer Road Map, an initiative of Janssen Biotech Inc in collaboration with ZERO and other partners.