NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Prostate Cancer, Version 1.2016
is decreased by half. If you have average health, no
change is made.
See Figure 8
for examples. This
method may correctly predict length of life for a large
group of men, but it can’t predict without a doubt what
will happen to you. Even so, it gives a starting point
for suggesting treatment options.
Most prostate cancers diagnosed in America are
found using PSA and are slow growing. Growth of
prostate cancer can be estimated with tests. You
and your doctor should begin talking about prostate
cancer by comparing your life expectancy versus the
threat to you by the prostate cancer.
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. How
many years a man is
likely to live depends
on his age and health.