Prostate Cancer Treatment: Watchful Waiting

A prostate cancer diagnosis can be scary. The recommended prostate cancer treatment is watchful waiting, which is used for slow growing cancers.

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.

Paul Knoepflmacher, MD

This video features Paul Knoepflmacher, MD. Dr. Knoepflmacher is a clinical instructor of medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, where he also maintains a private practice.

Duration: 2:10. Last Updated On: Nov. 8, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
Reviewed by: Preeti Parikh, MD . Review date: May 16, 2017
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