Prostate Cancer Risk Group

Prostate Cancer Risk Group: Learn how to Become Prostate Cancer Free
Content contributed by R. Alex Hsi, M.D.
Peninsula Cancer Center

What is a Prostate Cancer Risk Group?

What Is Your Prostate Cancer Risk Group?

Prostate Cancer Risk Group is the most common way that doctors determine the aggressiveness of a particular cancer. Each risk group indicates how quickly the prostate cancer will grow and how likely it is to spread outside of the prostate. Recommendations regarding which forms or combination of forms of treatment are highly influenced by the particular risk category of a patient.

What Three Things Determine Your Risk Group?

1. Your Prostate Specific Antigen or PSA
PSA results are derived from a recent blood test. PSA is produced in the blood by prostate cells, but production is accelerated when cells become cancerous. As the blood test is simple to administer, it is usually the first sign of prostate cancer. To discover out what levels are normal, learn more about PSA, select the icon to the right.

Prostate Cancer Risk Group: What is PSA?

2. Your Prostate Cancer Stage
Stage is determined by analysis of one or multiple tests. The stage of your cancer describes the progression within and beyond your prostate. Early prostate cancer is usually localized or confined to the prostate. As the cancer grows, the cancer may begin penetrate the prostate capsule, invading local organs then to distant parts of the body. To learn more about staging, select the icon to the right.

Prostate Cancer Risk Group: Prostate Cancer Stage

3. Your Gleason Score
Gleason score is determined by taking multiple samples during a biopsy of the prostate. The usual number of biopsy specimens obtained is around 10 to 12. Analysis of these samples by a pathologist using a grading system called the Gleason system determines the Gleason score, which in turn helps determine your risk group. The higher your Gleason score, the higher your risk group. To learn more about Gleason score, select the icon to the right.

Prostate Cancer Risk Group: Gleason Score or Grade

Is Your Prostate Cancer Risk Group: Low, Intermediate or High?

Compare Prostate Cancer Treatments - Low Risk

Compare Prostate Cancer Treatments - Intermediate Risk

Comparing Prostate Cancer Treatments - High Risk

Click To See Which Treatments Are Most Successful For That Risk Group

Prostate Cancer Treatment Comparisons - Low Risk

Prostate Cancer Treatment Comparisons - Intermediate Risk

Prostate Cancer Treatment Comparisons - High Risk