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Watchful Waiting

Also called expectant therapy, patient undergoes careful monitoring instead of more aggressive therapy. Watchful Waiting

Also called expectant therapy, patient undergoes careful monitoring instead of more aggressive therapy.

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Expectant Therapy
Patients

Recommended to those with low Gleason and PSA levels, and nonpalpable tumors. Expectant Therapy
Patients

Recommended to those with low Gleason and PSA levels, and nonpalpable tumors.

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Monitoring and Care

Expectant therapy includes regular visits to a doctor for prostate specific antigen (PSA) tests and digital rectal exams. Monitoring and Care

Expectant therapy includes regular visits to a doctor for prostate specific antigen (PSA) tests and digital rectal exams.

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Watchful Waiting Outcomes

Because prostate cancer is usually slow-growing, many men opt for and benefit from watchful waiting. Watchful Waiting
Outcomes

Because prostate cancer is usually slow-growing, many men opt for and benefit from watchful waiting.

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Risks of
Watchful Waiting

Cancer may grow between monitoring visits and quickly spread to other parts of the body. Risks of
Watchful Waiting

Cancer may grow between monitoring visits and quickly spread to other parts of the body.

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Brachytherapy

Chemotherapy

Cryotherapy & Cryosurgery

Hormone
Therapy

Radiation
Therapy

Prostatectomy

Robotic Prostatectomy

Complementary
and
Alternative Medicine

High Intensity
Focused
Ultrasound (HIFU)

Emerging Technologies

 

Watchful Waiting and Prostate Cancer Patients

Patients who wish to pursue watchful waiting usually have these characteristics:

  • Low PSA veloctiy
  • Low Gleason scores
  • Nonpalpable tumor during DRE
  • No genetic predisposition for prostate cancer
  • Uncharacteristically young, or much older and wishing to avoid side effects that come with more aggressive treatments

Watchful waiting is not for everyone. Read on to see who is opting for watchful waiting and why. Patients should speak with a doctor about whether watchful waiting can benefit them.

Watchful Waiting as First Line Therapy for Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer, specifically prostatic adenocarcinoma, usually grows very slowly. Early stages of tumors may actually grow so slowly or be so small that beginning an aggressive treatment would do a patient more harm than good.

Watchful waiting as a prostate cancer treatment may be recommended for those with very low Gleason scores or low PSA velocities. Some patients with small low grade tumors may wish to use watchful waiting and postpone more aggressive treatments. Some patients feel that watchful waiting increases the quality of a patient’s life by avoiding the side effects associated with all other forms of prostate cancer treatments.

Many men die with prostate cancer as opposed to dying from prostate cancer. Autopsies of men who died of natural causes indicate the presence of prostate cancer that these men never knew they had. Watchful waiting can be a valuable therapy as both a primary and salvage treatment.

Watchful waiting is not a euphemism for doing nothing. This prostate cancer treatment benefits those patients who feel that enjoy day to day life without suffering from extreme fear or worry. Regular visits to a doctor every 3 to 6 months for both prostate-specific antigen tests (PSA tests) and digital rectal exams (DRE’s) in most cases will keep the prostate cancer in check. When the prostate tumor grows larger, patients and doctors can discuss more aggressive treatment options.

Patients who have recurrent prostate cancer can also choose watchful waiting as their salvage therapy. Patients who chose watchful waiting as a salvage tend to be older or have other serious health complications. Watchful waiting can help patients make an informed decision about when to pursue more aggressive treatment and prolong the quality of life for those who wish to avoid side effects, or unpleasantness associated with treatments.

 
 
 

 
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