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Groin pain and prostate cancer

My father has been told he has prostate cancer and has got pains in his groin and leg. Could this be a sign that the cancer has spread to the bones?

Groin pain could be a sign of cancer affecting the bones. The groin is the area at the top of the leg where the inner thigh meets the body. This area contains a lot of lymph nodes. But the pain could also be caused by

  • Something else pressing on a nerve in his groin
  • General swelling in the area
  • An enlarged lymph node
  • An infection in the bladder or prostate

Sometimes a back problem can cause groin and leg pain. This is sometimes called sciatica because it can be caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve, which runs down the leg. 

As you can see, it is very difficult to tell if one particular symptom is related to a cancer or not. Your father will probably be offered a bone scan. This will help the doctors to check the bones throughout his body for any signs that the cancer has spread. 

We have information about symptoms of prostate cancer and treatments for prostate cancer.

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Updated: 17 March 2014