Urologists talk about active surveillance

There is a very interesting article in the Baltimore Sun today about the role of active surveillance as a management strategy for prostate cancer — particularly for men of 60 and older. It includes comments from several leading prostate cancer specialists with particular experience of using this technique. Congratulations to the Sun and to the article’s author, Stephanie Desmon.

Don’t get the idea that The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink thinks that active surveillance is an appropriate strategy for every prostate cancer patient. It ain’t! But 15 years ago most urologists wouldn’t even have been comfortable expressing the opinions that are given in this article. Active surveillance is an excellent strategy to consider for older men with low risk, early stage, potentially indolent (i.e., slow growing) disease.

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