The progression of prostate cancer is divided into four distinct stages; by the fourth stage the cancer will have spread to other parts of the body. In this final stage, the Gleason score can range from 2 to 10, and the cancer may have spread to nearby tissue such as the rectum, bladder or pelvic wall. It may also have spread to nearby lymph nodes, and often spreads to the bones.Know More
The stages of prostate cancer represent the degree to which the cancer has spread. In early stages, the cancer is more contained.
Stage IV colon cancer is when the cancer has spread through the lymph nodes and the blood to other parts of the body, such as the lung, liver, ovaries or abdominal wall, according to the National Cancer Institute. Stage IV colon cancer is composed of stage IVA and stage IVB.Full Answer >
Life expectancy for a lymph node cancer patient depends on the patient's age, early detection, whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body and other factors, states American Cancer Society. Patients under 60 who begin treatment early usually have a 5-year survival rate of over 90 percent.Full Answer >
According to the National Cancer Institute, during the final stages of lung cancer, a patient suffers myoclonus, dyspnea, fatigue, cough, rattle, delirium and fever. A study of 200 cancer patients revealed that noisy breathing, pain and urinary dysfunction were the most frequent symptoms during the last 48 hours of life.Full Answer >
Prostate cancer with a Gleason score of 6 or lower can still be considered Stage 1 and only is only found in the prostate, rather than having spread to other areas of the body. Other factors to consider when determining the stage of prostate cancer are the prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, level and the percentage of the prostate where the cancer is visible or detectable.Full Answer >