Active surveillance: a future perspective

This coming Friday, April 22, at 11:00 am Eastern / 8 am Pacific, there will be an important new educational opportunity for the prostate cancer patient and patient advocacy community: Your Voice in the Future of Active Surveillance, coordinated by Active Surveillance Patients International (ASPI) and AnCan and and supported by many other prostate cancer patient advocacy groups.  To register, please click here.

More than 50 percent of all patients currently being diagnosed with prostate cancer are now understood to be appropriate for initial management on active surveillance, without immediate invasive treatments such as surgery or radiation therapy. A significant percentage of those men may never, ever need invasive treatment at all.

Optimizing the accuracy of the diagnosis of such men — and then ensuring high quality monitoring over time (while minimizing the need for unnecessary biopsies) has become a priority for many in the prostate cancer research community who will be participating as speakers and discussants in this informational program. And the patient community has a huge potential role to play in moving these initiatives forward.

Your voice may be critical in moving these initiatives forward over the next three to five years.

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