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How is active surveillance done to help with prostate cancer?

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Your doctor might suggest waiting to see if your tumor will grow or spread before you treat it. Most prostate cancer grows slowly, and some doctors think it’s better not to treat it unless it changes or causes symptoms. In watchful waiting, your doctor will closely track how the disease makes you feel. With active surveillance, you’ll also get regular tests to check on the cancer.

From: Treatment for Prostate Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Can Prostate Cancer be Found Early?;” “Considering Prostate Cancer Treatment Options;” “Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer;” “How is Prostate Cancer Treated?;” “Prostate Cancer;” and “What is Prostate Cancer?”

National Cancer Institute: “Prostate Cancer Treatment.”

Prostate Cancer Foundation: “Other Treatment Options;” “Prostatectomy (Surgery);” “Radiation Therapy;” “Side Effects;” and “Treatment Options.”

UpToDate: “Bone metastases in advanced prostate cancer: Management.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on May 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Can Prostate Cancer be Found Early?;” “Considering Prostate Cancer Treatment Options;” “Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer;” “How is Prostate Cancer Treated?;” “Prostate Cancer;” and “What is Prostate Cancer?”

National Cancer Institute: “Prostate Cancer Treatment.”

Prostate Cancer Foundation: “Other Treatment Options;” “Prostatectomy (Surgery);” “Radiation Therapy;” “Side Effects;” and “Treatment Options.”

UpToDate: “Bone metastases in advanced prostate cancer: Management.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on May 12, 2018

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