The role of active surveillance in prostate cancer management today

There is a new and very sound article by Gina Kolata in The New York Times (published online yesterday) addressing the expanding role of active surveillance as an initial management option for low-risk forms of prostate cancer.

The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink is pleased to see such a well-researched article in the mainstream media. Active surveillance is “not for everyone” but it is very certainly an option well worth considering for a very large percentage of newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients.

The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink should also note a “conflict of interest” related to this story. We assisted Ms. Kolata in identifying for her some of the individuals who are quoted in the article.

2 Responses

  1. You may have already addressed this in another post, but it would be nice to know the current “standard of care” for active surveillance and perhaps what is on the horizon.

  2. Dear John:

    There is no one formal “standard” methodology for conducting active surveillance at present, and this is probably a good thing because a lot always depends on the individual patient’s tolerance for risk and his psychological ability to live knowing that he does actually have even a small amount of cancerous tissue in his prostate. Active surveillance isn’t something everyone can deal with.

    However, having said that, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has recently endorsed most of the Canadian guidance on the practice of active surveillance and you can read more about that in this article that we posted a little while ago.

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