Sometimes I have heard the question, Where can prostate cancer metastasis (met) be found? Usually, the question really means, how can my met in my spleen or liver (or what ever) come from my prostate cancer? In realty, prostate cancer tumors can develop anywhere in the human body!

There was a study of human cadavers of men who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. It shows the most common locations for metastatic pathways of prostate cancer:

Mets to the different places (percentages add to over 100% because of multiple metastatic sites in study)

Distribution of PCa within the Body Upon Autopsy:

Bone: 90%
Lung: 46%
Liver: 25%
Pleura: 21%
Adrenal Gland: 13%
Brain and Meninges: 7.5%
Peritoneum: 7.0%
Ureter/urethra: 3.4%
Kidney: 3.1%
Pericardium: 2.5%
Spleen: 2.2%
Stomach/Bowel: 1.8%
Thyroid: 1.6%
Pancreas: 1.4%
Mesentery: 1.1%
Others: 8.3%

Hum Pathol. 2000 May;31(5):578-83; Metastatic patterns of prostate cancer: an autopsy study of 1,589 patients; Bubendorf L, Schopfer A, Wagner U, Sauter G, Moch H, Willi N, Gasser TC, Mihatsch MJ.

Yes, mets can appear anywhere in your body when you have prostate cancer.

Joel T. Nowak, M.A., M.S.W.