Tigers and Pussycats
Prostate cancer is the name used for all cancers that start in the prostate. However, prostate cancer tumours can be very different from each other. Some cancers are pussycats- they grow very slowly and remain confined to the prostate for decades, causing little if any effect on the individual. Others are tigers- they grow rapidly, are aggressive, and lead to advanced disease. At the moment, for many tumours, it is very difficult to know the best way to treat an individual’s prostate cancer as we do not have a reliable way of sorting the tigers from the pussycats.