Prostate Cancer Stages and Treatment There are many prostate cancer treatment choices to consider, but knowing the stage and grade of your prostate cancer is vital to understanding your options. Learn more about staging prostate cancer, treatment options, advances in treatment, and possible side effects of treatment so you can make an informed decision about your care. Are you newly diagnosed? Start here. If you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with prostate cancer, it's important to find out as much as you can about this disease. Visit our Newly Diagnosed page to find tools and information to help you get started. Newly Diagnosed In treatment for prostate cancer Prostate cancer has a very good chance of being treated successfully, especially if caught early. That's reassuring if you've been diagnosed with prostate cancer, but going through treatment can be tough. No matter where you are in the process, we're here for you with information and support. In treatment Learn more about prostate cancer stages The stage of your prostate cancer tells you if the prostate cancer has spread beyond your prostate. That will help you and your doctor decide which treatments might be right for you. Prostate cancer stages and grades Localized Prostate Cancer Localized, or early stage, prostate cancer is cancer that is confined to the prostate and has not spread to other parts of the body. Bone Metastasis Metastatic prostate cancer has spread beyond the prostate to distant lymph nodes or organs, often to bones. Learn more about the spread of prostate cancer. Prostate Cancer Recurrence Cancer recurrence is the return of cancer after a period when no cancer cells could be detected. A fear of recurrence is normal for all cancer survivors. Types of prostate cancer treatments There are several treatment options for prostate cancer. Learn about the different types available so you can work with your doctor to make the right choice. Learn about treatment options Active surveillance Active surveillance is a disease management strategy for low-risk, early stage prostate cancer. Local therapies Local therapies—treatments directed to a specific organ or part of the body such as the prostate—include surgery, radiation, HIFU, and cryotherapy. Systemic therapies Systemic therapies refer to treatments that target or travel through the entire body, such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy, immunotherapy, and targeted therapy. Clinical trials Exciting research in the fight against prostate cancer is taking place every day through clinical trials. Find out if a trial is right for you. Side effects & sexual health Both the disease and treatment can cause side effects. Understanding the potential side effects of a treatment may influence your choice of treatment.