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Active surveillance1

Sometimes, doctors choose not to treat prostate cancer right away. This is because prostate cancer often grows slowly. If your cancer does not cause any symptoms, is likely to grow slowly, is small, and has not spread outside the prostate, your doctor may recommend keeping a close eye on your cancer, but not treating it right away.

There are two terms used for this approach: active surveillance and watchful waiting. Some doctors use both terms to mean the same thing, but other doctors use them to mean slightly different things.

Active surveillance usually means using prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests, digital rectal exams (DREs), and ultrasounds regularly to check whether the cancer is growing.1 Doctors may also do prostate biopsies. If the test results show a change in the cancer, your doctor might discuss treatment options.

Watchful waiting can mean using fewer tests and basing treatment decisions more on symptoms.1

Whichever term your doctor uses, make sure you understand exactly what he or she means by it.

Learn about surgical treatments for prostate cancer

Reference

  1. American Cancer Society. Expectant management (watchful waiting) and active surveillance for prostate cancer. www.cancer.org/Cancer/ProstateCancer/DetailedGuide/prostate-cancer-treating-watchful-waiting. Accessed October 4, 2012.
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Doctors trained in cryotherapy are available in the following regions:

North America
  Canada
  Mexico

South America
  Brazil

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  Indonesia
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  Taiwan
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  Lebanon
  Portugal
  Russia
  Spain
  United Kingdom/Ireland

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Is cryotherapy right for me?

If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, please answer the following questions to determine whether cryotherapy may be a treatment option for you.

1. I prefer a quick and minimally invasive treatment option that can destroy my cancer instantly.

Yes No

2. I prefer a treatment option that is designed to preserve the urethra.

Yes No

3. I want my prostate cancer treated in less time, with fewer treatments than external beam radiation, and typically with less recovery time than a radical prostatectomy.

Yes No

4. I have already had my prostate cancer treated with radiation therapy.

Yes No

Based on your answers, you may be a candidate for cryotherapy, which is an advanced, minimally invasive treatment option for prostate cancer. Talk to your urologist to see if cryotherapy is right for you.

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Based on your answers, you may be a candidate for cryotherapy, which is an advanced, minimally invasive treatment option for prostate cancer. Talk to your urologist to see if cryotherapy is right for you.

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