Can prostate cancer spread to the pancreas?

Answers from Erik P. Castle, M.D.

Prostate cancer is cancer of the walnut-shaped gland in males that produces the fluid that nourishes and transports sperm (seminal fluid). Prostate cancer usually grows slowly. If prostate cancer spreads, it tends to affect the bones and lymph nodes. Spread of prostate cancer to the pancreas is rare. However, it's possible for an advanced case of prostate cancer to spread to any organ — including the pancreas.

Treatment for prostate cancer that has spread may include hormone therapy, radiation therapy or chemotherapy.

Oct. 30, 2010