Prostate Cancer - Watchful Waiting
When considering treatment and surgical options for their patients, doctors may recommend watchful waiting, also called active surveillance. Patients who opt for watchful waiting are asked to schedule regular medical checkups and also report any new symptoms to their doctor immediately. During the checkups, tests will be performed to find out if the cancer is becoming more aggressive.
If the cancer begins to grow at a fast rate or if symptoms get worse, active treatment may be offered. Treatment and surgical options will depend on many factors, including the patient’s age, overall health, cancer stage and personal preference.
Watchful waiting may be recommended to older men with slow-growing, localized prostate cancer (confined to the prostate gland). It may also be recommended to men who have other serious health problems.1
Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of all other treatment and surgical options. Together, you can decide what is best for you.
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- American Cancer Society. Prostate Cancer - Watchful Waiting. Available from: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostatecancer/detailedguide/prostate-cancer-treating-watchful-waiting
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