Prostate Cancer Risk Groups

Pre-treatment Risk Stratification

Prostate Cancer Risk Group is the most common way that doctors battling prostate cancer use to classify the cancer and its progression. Each risk group identifies the current state of the cancer at the cell level, the aggressiveness of the cancer, the progression of the cancer within the prostate, outside the prostate, to other organs or to distant parts of the body. Treatment options become clearer for the patient, once the prostate cancer risk group is understood. For patients classified as Low Risk, the cancer has been discovered early, which allows for many successful treatment options. For patients classified as Intermediate or High Risk, the cancer has progressed, treatment decisions become more complicated and combinations of treatments maybe recommended to increase the odds for a successful outcome.

Prostate Cancer Risk Group is the most common way that doctors battling prostate cancer use to classify the cancer and its progression. Each risk group identifies the current state of the cancer at the cell level, the aggressiveness of the cancer, the progression of the cancer within the prostate, outside the prostate, to other organs or to distant parts of the body. Treatment options become clearer for the patient, once the prostate cancer risk group is understood. For patients classified as Low Risk, the cancer has been discovered early, which allows for many successful treatment options. For patients classified as Intermediate or High Risk, the cancer has progressed, treatment decisions become more complicated and combinations of treatments maybe recommended to increase the odds for a successful outcome.

What Three Things Determine Your Risk Group?

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.

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.

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.

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

Select your risk group to see which treatments are most successful for your risk group.

Low Risk

PSA less than 10
and
Gleason Score less than 7
and
Clinical Stage is T1c to T2a

Intermediate Risk

PSA greater than 10 less than 20
or
Gleason Score is 7
or
Clinical Stage is T2b

High Risk

PSA greater than 20
or
Gleason Score is 8 to 10
or
Clinical Stage is T2c to T3c

Prostate Cancer Free

Thirty Six Prostate Cancer Experts have analyzed the treatment outcomes of over 100,000 patients across the globe, following these patients for up to 15 years. The success of a treatment is determined by monitoring PSA for years after treatment. This data is presented to you, so you can see which treatments leave patients prostate cancer free. Watch this video to learn more.

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