What is active surveillance?
Active surveillance is a way of monitoring prostate cancer that's contained inside the prostate (localised prostate cancer), rather than treating it straight away.
It might seem strange not to have treatment, but prostate cancer is often slow-growing and may not cause any problems in your lifetime. In other words, you might never need any treatment.
Many treatments for prostate cancer can cause side effects, such as leaking urine, difficulty getting and keeping an erection, and bowel problems. For some men these side effects may be long-term and have a big impact on their daily lives.
If you decide to go on active surveillance, you won’t have any treatment unless your tests show that your cancer may be growing – so you’ll avoid or delay these side effects.
If there are signs your cancer may be growing, you will be offered treatment which aims to cure it.
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