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Prostate Cancer Treatment Guide

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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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Prostate News

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Watchful Waiting
Videos

Click here to view Watchful Waiting procedures. Watchful Waiting
Videos

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Watchful Waiting
Experiences


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Experiencse

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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 Side Effects

There are no drugs, freezing temperatures, or radiation involved in watchful waiting, so there are no medical side effects. Watchful waiting is a choice for primary and salvage treatment patients who want to avoid the side effects associated with other forms of prostate cancer treatment.

Patients who opt for watchful waiting, however, do run the risk that of the prostate cancer spreading in between doctor’s visits. Prostate cancer in some less common cases, will extend, metastasize, or rapidly grow between the check-ups that occur every 3 to 6 months.

Other patients may feel that watchful waiting is the equivalent of the doing nothing and that expectant is simply the equivalent of waiting for the prostate cancer to take over. Because prostate cancer usually grows so slowly, this is often not the case. Patients who feel that they receive no pleasure out of daily due to excessive concern for the growth of their cancer should speak with their doctors or possibly a counselor. For other patients, watchful waiting may actually provide relief and reassurance.

Patients should speak with their doctors if the anxiety associated with watchful waiting begins to interfere with everyday life. A doctor may be able to suggest life style changes that could possibly benefit the body in its fight against prostate cancer, and also benefit the patient and his loved ones’ emotional well-beings.

 
 
 

 
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