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TIME: In the largest analysis of its kind, new research pinpoints how long older men who are diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer can expect to live if they opt for a conservative, “watchful waiting” approach to their cancer treatment — as opposed to seeking immediate, aggressive therapies such as surgery and radiation. READ MORE>

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URO TODAY: Studies are needed to better delineate how active surveillance can be used to reduce over-treatment and optimise quality of life, while maintaining the survival benefits of selective treatment. READ MORE>

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URO TODAY: Men with low-risk prostate cancer who are candidates for active surveillance often choose definitive therapy due to anxiety over their untreated cancer. READ MORE>

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MODERN MEDICINE: Some men with prostate cancer may safely defer treatment for years without a higher risk of metastasis or cancer mortality than those who receive initial treatment. This, according to research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, which also says it may not apply to younger men and those with high PSA. READ MORE>

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URO TODAY: Dutch researchers have looked at the way prostate cancer patients who choose “active surveillance” are affected by psychological, medical, demographic, and decision-related factors. READ MORE>

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URO TODAY: Guidelines on “watchful waiting” or “active surveillance” as options for those diagnosed with prostate cancer reflect a changed attitude towards treatment in the light of the early detection of these tumours and the data now available regarding active surveillance. READ MORE>

A corresponding change in actual medical practice would be desirable. The treatment of prostate cancer should always be adapted to the individual needs of the patient, and risky treatments should only be used when absolutely necessary.

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STL-TODAY.COM: In recent years, a small but growing number of men with prostate cancer have opted for another treatment choice – holding their collective breath. READ MORE>

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SAN ANTONIO HEALTH: Two US national studies taking place in San Antonio are focusing on watchful waiting and aim to give men more definitive answers as they consider the trade-offs between the anxiety of living with prostate cancer and the well-known side effects of surgery and radiation. READ MORE>

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JULY 28: EUREKALERT: Men with early stages of prostate cancer who delay radical treatment in favor of an approach of “expectant management” do not have high levels of anxiety and distress, according to a new study published in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. READ MORE>

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JULY 11: URO TODAY: To assist men with prostate cancer who are treated with the active surveillance option, health professionals must develop an awareness of how prostate cancer affects the man’s physical and psychological outcomes. READ MORE>

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