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What is active surveillance for prostate cancer?

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Active surveillance involves getting regular testes to see if your prostate cancer starts to grow. You'd delay other treatments in the meantime. It may be an option in certain cases of early stage prostate cancer.

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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