As we have previously covered small cell prostate cancer is a very rare type of prostate cancer. Most prostate cancers are acinar adenocarcinomas which develop in the glandular cells of the prostate gland. Fewer than 2 in 100 prostate cancers are small cell. The cells look small and round under a microscope they are also sometimes called oat cell cancers. About half of the men who have small cell prostate cancers have a mixture of small cells and other cells.
The symptoms of small cell prostate cancer are similar to other types of prostate cancer. They include:
- Difficulty in passing urine
- Passing urine more often than usual
- Pain passing urine
- Blood in the urine, although this is rare
Some men with smart cell prostate cancer also have paraneoplastic syndrome. This is when you have high levels of particular hormones or other substances in the body which casu symptoms. The symptoms can include pins and needles, muscle cramps, sickness and changes in your blood.
The blood levels of prostate-specific antigen in men with small cell prostate cancer is often normal, or only slightly higher than normal, even if the cancer has spread. Men who have adenocarcinoma usually have a high amount of PSA in their blood, especially when their cancer has spread.
Small cell cancers tend to grow more quickly than adenocarcinomas. They are more likely to spread to other parts of the body such as the metastasise. The most common part of the body for acinar adenocarcinomas to spread to is the bone. Small cell cancers are more likely to spread to other organs in the body, such as the lungs or liver.
So, now you know what the symptoms are of small cell prostate cancer. We recommend that you immediately get yourself to your doctors to ensure that they are able to identify what can be done to be able to help.