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Localized Prostate Cancer

Early stage (stages I and II) prostate cancer is confined to the prostate, and has not spread to other parts of the body. If you've been diagnosed with prostate cancer, we're here to help you with educational resources and support.

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Understanding localized prostate cancer

Early stage, or localized, prostate cancer refers to cancer that is still confined to the prostate, either Stage I or Stage II. The 5-year survival rate for prostate cancer caught at an early stage is more than 99%. If you have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer, visit our Newly Diagnosed section to learn about the first steps to take.

Following your biopsy and diagnosis you will begin to gather information and learn about your disease and choices for treatment. Most prostate cancer is slow growing and may never cause any problems or symptoms.

The following factors will help your doctor have a better picture of your cancer and make the best treatment recommendation for you. Make sure you know your results for each.

  • PSA level
  • Digital Rectal Exam (DRE)
  • Gleason Score/Grade Group
  • Stage

This information determines your risk group: low, medium/intermediate, or high risk. It is believed that in more than half of men newly diagnosed with low risk prostate cancer, the cancer will not spread to other parts of the body.

If you have been diagnosed with a later stage (III or IV) visit our Advanced Prostate Cancer section to learn more.

Learn more about localized/early stage prostate cancer

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Were you recently diagnosed with prostate cancer?

You are not alone! Download the Newly Diagnosed Prostate Cancer Patient Guide to learn more about prostate cancer and resources available.