Being diagnosed with prostate cancer can be scary. What's scarier is that the recommended treatment doesn't involve immediate treatment, but rather a strategy of actively watching and testing the cancer. This treatment option is called watchful waiting.
This prostate cancer treatment option is beneficial because many prostate cancers develop, grow, and spread very, very slowly. When this is the case, the cancer can develop and remain in a small section of the prostate and have very little or no effect on your overall health.
However, there are some prostate cancers that do grow and spread quickly. These cancers must be addressed immediately with treatment options that include surgery, radiation, hormone therapy or chemotherapy in combination or separately.
Again, since many prostate cancers grow slowly, active surveillance can help you avoid the complications of these more aggressive treatments. Make sure the discuss all options with your doctor to ensure the best outcome for you.