Thirty percent of patients who are diagnosed with prostate cancer choose the wait-and-see option, also called ‘active surveillance’, which is unique only to prostate cancer, and cannot be applied to other type of cancers, since prostate cancer is a very slow growing neoplasm. Those men who chose this option, must still have regular PSA testing and physical testing every 6 month, plus a second biopsy after a year. In doing so men may avoid impotence, incontinence and other side effects. The no treatment option is only possible because doctors have the data to support it. It doesn’t mean no treatment ever, but rather no treatment right now.
Patients Choose To Do Little About Prostate Cancer