Treating Prostate Cancer By Close Monitoring or ActiveSurveillance
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in older men and second most common cause of death due to cancer in men over the age of 50. This year more than 180,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 30,000 men will die of this disease. There are multiple treatment options for prostate cancer including surgery, radiation, hormone therapy and now there’s a new option: watchful waiting or active surveillance. Active surveillance means no treatment but careful monitoring with regular digital rectal exams, PSA testing, and possible other tests and\or imaging studies. This blog is intended to help men who have received a diagnosis of prostate cancer to help guide them in the decision of active surveillance or more aggressive standard treatment options.