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What Happens If Prostate Cancer Comes Back?

One in five men is diagnosed with high risk prostate cancer which usually tends to spread although it can seem to be localized. After treatment, 30 – 40% of these men have a recurrence. Since that’s a relatively sizable percentage, what should you know about what happens if prostate cancer comes back?

Discovering Recurrence

After prostate cancer treatments, the patient’s PSA levels in the blood usually drop and stay stable. During post treatment check ups, rising PSA levels may be detected which can be a sign of cancer recurrence.

X-rays, bone scans, and PET scans will be given to find minute cancer cells and discover if prostate cancer has come back and spread to other parts of the body.

After undergoing various treatments for prostate cancer only to have it come back is quite demoralizing for patients. It is initially difficult for men to consider additional treatments with the accompanying side effects all over again.

To Treat Or Not To Treat

Recurrences located in the surrounding prostate tissue are known as local recurrence. If the recurrence is outside of the pelvic area, it is called a distant or metastatic recurrence.

Sometimes higher levels of PSA are seen. but there is no clear diagnosis on an imaging test. In addition, if it is a slow growing cancer, patients can decide to choose active surveillance instead of treatment.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

If your prostate cancer comes back, you now have a new treatment that is not only effective but safer and has less side effects. Contact Dr. Gange at (801) 993-1800 if you would like more information about treatment for prostate cancer recurrence.



I have seen Dr. Gange for a number of years and developed the typical symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate. During my annual urologist visit, Dr. Gange laid out my options. After doing some personal research, I elected to have the Urolift procedure performed by Dr. Gange on an outpatient basis.

The procedure was uncomfortable but not particularly painful compared to other surgeries I have had. Recovery was relatively quick and I was back at work after two days of rest.

I did experience some significant discomfort associated with urination but was counseled that I was not drinking enough water. Once I increased my consumption of water, most of the discomfort went away and I was back to normal after about two weeks.

In the wake of the surgery, the urgency to urinate has gone away. The interval between trips to the bathroom has lengthened significantly such that I usually get up to urinate only once each night and sometimes not at all.

Having talked with others who have had more drastic prostate surgery, I feel that the Urolift procedure was much less stressful and the results were as hoped for.