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Stages, types and grades

The stage of prostate cancer tells you where the cancer is in the prostate and how far it’s spread. The number staging system and TNM can be both be used to stage prostate cancer. 

The type tells you which type of cell the cancer started in and where it began. And the grade means how abnormal the cells look under a microscope. Doctors use the Gleason system to grade prostate cancer. 

TNM Staging

Find out about tumour, node and metastasis (TNM) staging and treatment.

Number staging system

Find out about the number staging system for prostate cancer and treatment.

Types and grades

The type of prostate cancer you have tells you the type of cell that the cancer started in. Knowing this helps your doctor decide which treatment you need.

Localised prostate cancer

Find out about localised prostate cancer and how it might affect you.

Locally advanced prostate cancer

Find out about locally advanced prostate cancer and how it might affect you.

Advanced cancer

Advanced prostate cancer means that a cancer that began in the prostate has spread to another part of the body.

Last reviewed: 
31 May 2019

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