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Prostate Cancer Nomograms -- A Tool for Doctors and Patients : Disclaimer

The prediction tools, also known as prognostic nomograms, located on the MSKCC Web site are for general health information only. The prediction tools are not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any health condition or problem.

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Prostate Cancer Nomograms -- A Tool for Doctors and Patients

Select below from our list of available prostate nomograms, each of which should be used in consultation with a doctor.

Pre-Treatment (Diagnosed with Cancer But Not Yet Begun Treatment)

This nomogram can be used to predict what will happen after receiving a primary treatment (e.g. radical prostatectomy or brachytherapy).

Post-Radical Prostatectomy (Recurrence After Surgery)

This nomogram can be used to predict the probability that a patient's cancer will recur after radical prostatectomy, that is, the probability at two, five, seven and 10 years that the patient's serum PSA level will become detectable and begin to rise steadily. The nomogram should only be used for patients when radical prostatectomy is the sole, primary treatment.

Salvage Radiation Therapy (Considering Radiation Therapy After Surgery)

This nomogram is designed for men who have experienced a recurrence of their prostate cancer after treatment with radical prostatectomy. The tool predicts the probability the reoccurrence can be successfully treated with salvage radiation therapy (SRT), calculating the probability that the cancer will be controlled and the PSA will be undetectable six years after SRT.

Hormone Refractory (Progression of Metastatic Prostate Cancer That Can No Longer Be Controlled by Hormones Alone)

This nomogram can be used by patients with advanced, metastatic prostate cancer, who have a rising PSA and evidence of progression of their cancer despite maximal treatment with hormone therapy. The nomogram can be used to predict the probability of survival one and two years later based on a man's age, his PSA level, his performance status, and a variety of standard laboratory tests.

Additional Tools

PSA Doubling Time

This tool can be used to calculate the rate of rise of PSA, expressed as the velocity in nanograms/ml/year, or the PSA doubling time, in months or years.

Male Life Expectancy

Using inputs of current age and racial category, this tool calculates average life expectancy, which can then be used for comparison when considering the survival probabilities of the various treatment options.


This tool calculates prostate tumor volume.