The involvement of lymph nodes
Men who have cancer cells in the lymph nodes of their pelvic region may be more likely to have a recurrence.
Size of the tumor
In general, the bigger the tumor size, the greater the chances of recurrence.
The Gleason score
A pathologist looks at how the cancer cells are arranged in the prostate and assigns a score on a scale of 3 to 5 from 2 different locations. Cancer cells that look similar to healthy cells receive a low score. The higher the score, the greater the chances of recurrence.
The cancer stage
The cancer stage is one of the most important factors for predicting the outlook of cancer. If the cancer is diagnosed or treated at a later stage, there are greater chances of recurrence.