Book Chapter

Active surveillance for favorable-risk prostate cancer

N Lawrentschuk, L Klotz

Prostate Cancer: A Comprehensive Perspective | Published : 2013

Abstract

Active surveillance is becoming a more widely accepted management strategy in men with low-risk localized prostate cancer. This is in recognition of the knowledge that the majority of men with such cancer are likely to die from other causes. The obvious benefits of active surveillance are reduced morbidity by delaying or avoiding radical gland therapy. These advantages should be balanced against appropriate selection criteria and triggers for moving to radical therapy while on active surveillance. The optimal method to identify the small number of men who will progress using clinical, biopsy, and imaging data is yet to be defined. Nevertheless, active surveillance is an appealing management ..

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