Slowly Progressive Prostate Cancer Need To Be Watched Instead Of Treatment – Part 1 of 3
Slowly Progressive Prostate Cancer Need To Be Watched Instead Of Treatment. For patients with prostate cancer that has a dejected risk of progression, energetic surveillance, also known as “watchful waiting,” may be a suitable treatment option, according to a large-scale study from Sweden. The issue of how (or whether) to treat localized prostate cancer is controversial because, especially for older men, the tumor may not furtherance far enough to cause real trouble during their remaining expected lifespan. In those cases, deferring treatment until there are signs of disease progression may be the better option.
The researchers looked at almost 6900 patients from the National Prostate Cancer Registry Sweden, life-span 70 or younger, who had localized prostate cancer and a low or intermediate risk that the cancer would progress. From 1997 through December 2002, over 2000 patients were assigned to physical surveillance, close to 3400 underwent radical prostatectomy (removal of the prostate and some surrounding tissue), and more than 1400 received radiation therapy.