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What is active surveillance for prostate cancer?

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During active surveillance, your doctor tracks your PSA levels. If those levels rise, it might mean your cancer is growing or spreading. Your doctor can then change your treatment. He might also do tests like rectal exams and ultrasounds.

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Prostrate Cancer Treatment.”

American Cancer Society: “Understanding Radiation Therapy,” “Initial treatment of prostate cancer by stage.”

Prostate Cancer Foundation: “Treatment Options.”

Center to Advance Palliative Care: “Prostate Cancer and Palliative Care.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on May 12, 2018

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Prostrate Cancer Treatment.”

American Cancer Society: “Understanding Radiation Therapy,” “Initial treatment of prostate cancer by stage.”

Prostate Cancer Foundation: “Treatment Options.”

Center to Advance Palliative Care: “Prostate Cancer and Palliative Care.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on May 12, 2018

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