Stages of Prostate Cancer

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Stage IV
The cancer may be in nearby muscles and organs (beyond the seminal vesicles). It may have spread to the lymph nodes. It may have spread to other parts of the body.
Stage III
The cancer has spread outside the prostate. It may be in the seminal vesicles. It has not spread to the lymph nodes.
Stage II
The cancer is more advanced, but it has not spread outside the prostate.
Stage I
The cancer cannot be felt during a digital rectal exam. It is found by chance when surgery is done for another reason, usually for BPH. The cancer is only in the prostate.
Source: National Cancer Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Stages of Prostate Cancer