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When do you need to stop active surveillance for prostate cancer and start treating it?

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If your doctor sees signs that your tumor has grown, they will talk to you about whether it's time to stop active surveillance and start treatment.

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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