Oncologists may classify prostate cancer into groups based on the risk of recurrence (low risk, intermediate risk or high risk). These levels of risk can guide treatment plans for a man with prostate cancer.
|Risk level||Stage||PSA level||Gleason score|
low risk (all risk factors must be at these levels)
T2a or lower
9 or less
intermediate risk (any risk factor at these levels but not higher)
high risk (any risk factor at these levels)
20 or higher
Men in the high-risk group are offered aggressive treatment. Those in the low-risk group may be offered active surveillance without immediate treatment.
The Canadian Cancer Society’s peer support program is a telephone support service that matches cancer patients and their caregivers with specially trained volunteers.