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How can watchful waiting or active surveillance help with advanced prostate cancer?

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Prostate cancer treatments can have side effects. If you're worried about these risks, you can decide to hold off on these treatments and see if your tumor grows. Waiting is also an option if you’re older, your cancer is growing slowly, or you don't have symptoms that bother you. Waiting does not mean that you do nothing about your cancer. Your doctor will keep a close eye on the tumor and watch for any signs that it’s getting worse.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Hormone (androgen deprivation) therapy for prostate cancer,” "Prostate Cancer," “Radium-223 dichloride.”

Horwich, A. , 2013. Annals of Oncology

National Cancer Institute: "Prostate Cancer PDQ."

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

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

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Hormone (androgen deprivation) therapy for prostate cancer,” "Prostate Cancer," “Radium-223 dichloride.”

Horwich, A. , 2013. Annals of Oncology

National Cancer Institute: "Prostate Cancer PDQ."

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

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

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

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