Why Monitoring is Sometimes Recommended with Prostate Cancer
Posted by CancerInformation on May 27th, 2015
A positive diagnosis of prostate cancer doesn’t always mean that a man will face surgery, chemotherapy, radiation of other more aggressive forms of treatment. Sometimes doctors prefer taking a wait-and-see approach instead.
While that might seem to contradict conventional wisdom that often dictates cancer be immediately ferreted out and destroyed if it’s detected, there are times when surveillance is enough at least for prostate cancer. Here are a few of the reasons why this approach may be recommended by a doctor:
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in American men. Even so, this disease is considered highly treatable in most cases. The American Cancer Society estimates there are some 2.9 men alive who have been diagnosed with the disease and are still alive today.
If prostate cancer is the diagnoses, men are urged to review all their options for treatment carefully with a licensed oncologist. A wait-and-see approach may not always be the best course of action, depending on a man’s age, the stage of cancer and the likelihood of progression.
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