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What does watchful waiting for prostate cancer mean?

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Since prostate cancer can grow slowly and may not be fatal in many men, some patients -- after discussing the options with their doctors -- opt for "watchful waiting." Watchful waiting means not treating it. Instead, the doctor regularly checks the prostate cancer for signs that it is becoming more aggressive. Watchful waiting recommended for men who are older or have other life-threatening conditions. In these cases, a less aggressive cancer may be growing so slowly that it's not likely to be fatal.

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American Cancer Society. "Key Statistics for Prostate Cancer." "Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer."

American Urological Association. "Early Detection of Prostate Cancer."

Medscape.  "Prostatitis Treatment & Management."

Prostate Cancer Foundation. 

Prostate Cancer Research Institute. 

Mayo Clinic. "Prostatitis."

National Library of Medicine. "Vardenafil." "Sildenafil." "Revatio."

National Prostate Cancer Coalition.  U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. "Prostate Cancer Screening Final Recommendation."

UpToDate.com. "Chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome."

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on September 17, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society. "Key Statistics for Prostate Cancer." "Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer."

American Urological Association. "Early Detection of Prostate Cancer."

Medscape.  "Prostatitis Treatment & Management."

Prostate Cancer Foundation. 

Prostate Cancer Research Institute. 

Mayo Clinic. "Prostatitis."

National Library of Medicine. "Vardenafil." "Sildenafil." "Revatio."

National Prostate Cancer Coalition.  U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. "Prostate Cancer Screening Final Recommendation."

UpToDate.com. "Chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome."

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on September 17, 2019

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