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How can watchful waiting help with treating early-stage prostate cancer?

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Prostate cancer often grows very slowly. If yours was caught early, usually stage I or II, you might not need to treat it right away if at all, especially if you're older or have other health issues.

For some men, the treatments themselves have risks that are greater than the benefit of getting rid of the cancer. Watchful waiting may be an option in this case. It means you and your doctor will look out for symptoms and treat them if they start. The doctor may do tests from time to time to see if the cancer is growing.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Prostate Cancer."

Horwich, A. , 2013. Annals of Oncology

National Cancer Institute: "Prostate Cancer PDQ." "Treatment Choices for Men with Early-Stage Prostate Cancer."

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Prostate Cancer: NCCN Guidelines for Patients."

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "Understanding Prostate Cancer--Treatment Options."

UpToDate: “Initial approach to low- and very low-risk clinical localized prostate cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on May 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Prostate Cancer."

Horwich, A. , 2013. Annals of Oncology

National Cancer Institute: "Prostate Cancer PDQ." "Treatment Choices for Men with Early-Stage Prostate Cancer."

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Prostate Cancer: NCCN Guidelines for Patients."

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "Understanding Prostate Cancer--Treatment Options."

UpToDate: “Initial approach to low- and very low-risk clinical localized prostate cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on May 12, 2018

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