NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Prostate Cancer, Version 1.2016
22 Life expectancy
24 Risk assessment
25 Imaging for metastases
To help assess what tests and treatments you
need, your doctor may determine the number of
years you will likely live. These years are called
your life expectancy. It may be hard to talk with your
doctor about how long you might live. However, this
information is very important for your health care.
Prostate cancer often grows slowly. If you’re likely to
die of other causes, having more tests and cancer
treatment may have little or no benefit. Likewise, if
the cancer isn’t causing symptoms, there may be no
benefit to having more tests.
How many years you may live is estimated with two
sources of information. First, research on the general
population tells how long the average man may live
based on his age. See Part 8 for website information.
The second source is your general health.
If you’re in excellent health, the number of life years
from the general population research is increased
by half. If you’re in poor health, the number of years
There are many sources of
information that doctors use to plan
treatment. Such sources include the
tests and the grading and staging
systems that were described in Part 2.
The side effects of treatment that are
listed in Part 4 and your personal
preferences are other sources. Here,
in Part 3, three more sources that
doctors use are explained.