Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer
In some cases, your Integrated Care Team may recommend the active surveillance of your prostate cancer.
Active surveillance means careful watching and waiting. Your physician will monitor the course of your disease, intervening with treatment if your cancer advances.
Active surveillance may be recommended for men:
- With a limited life expectancy
- With health limitations that prohibit other treatments
- Whose cancer is particularly slow growing
Active surveillance is generally not considered a good option for:
- Young men
- Men with fast-growing cancer
Active surveillance often includes the following tests:
- PSA testing every 3 to 6 months
- DRE every 6 to 12 months
- Additional biopsies, as necessary
Active surveillance is a good alternative for men with less serious prostate cancer who wish to avoid the side effects of other cancer treatments while still being monitored closely.