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What happens if you get active surveillance for prostate cancer?

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If you choose active surveillance for your prostate cancer, your doctor will tell you what tests you need and how often you need to have them. It's very important that you not miss any of these tests.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Observation or Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer,” “Tests to Diagnose and Treat Prostate Cancer,” “Surgery for Prostate Cancer,” “Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer,” “When to Treat Versus When to Watch.”

Informed Health.org: “Prostate Cancer Overview.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer.”

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on December 17, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Observation or Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer,” “Tests to Diagnose and Treat Prostate Cancer,” “Surgery for Prostate Cancer,” “Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer,” “When to Treat Versus When to Watch.”

Informed Health.org: “Prostate Cancer Overview.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer.”

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on December 17, 2019

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