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What is watchful waiting for prostate cancer?

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Watchful waiting involves fewer tests than active surveillance. Your doctor keeps a close watch on your symptoms. If you're an older man, or you have other serious health problems, your doctor might opt for this method.

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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