Depending on the characteristics of the cancer, some doctors may recommend an approach known as active surveillance, or “watchful waiting.” This approach involves closely monitoring the cancer without active treatment such as surgery or radiation therapy. This option may be recommended if your cancer is not causing any symptoms, is expected to grow very slowly, or is small and contained within one area of the prostate.
This option, however, is not advisable for men of a life expectancy greater than 10 years. Finally, patients need to be of the correct mindset for this option as knowledge of having a cancer, but not treating it, can cause anxiety.
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“Understanding Prostate Changes”. National Institute of Health, 2004.