The Morning Blend


When To Act When It Comes To Prostate Cancer

Posted at 9:32 AM, May 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-28 09:32:47-04

For some men with early-stage prostate cancer, doctors may recommend active surveillance (AS), which relies on regular blood tests, physical exams, and periodic biopsies to ensure the cancer is not growing or spreading instead of more aggressive treatment options like surgery or radiation, which may result in life-altering side effects.3

While AS is growing in popularity, many men still struggle with the idea of “doing nothing” and anxiety of not knowing the eventual outcome. In fact, one in four men with prostate cancer receive radiation or surgery within 1-3 years of his diagnosis even when there is no sign of tumor growth.[3]

A clinical trial is evaluating a new way to be “active” when it comes to AS and – if successful – may help men avoid invasive treatments that result in life-altering side effects.