What is active surveillance?
Active surveillance is a way of monitoring prostate cancer that hasn’t spread outside the prostate (localised prostate cancer), rather than treating it straight away. You might hear it called active monitoring.
If you decide to go on active surveillance, you’ll have regular tests to check on the cancer. You won’t have any treatment unless these tests show that your cancer may be growing, or you decide you want treatment – so you’ll avoid or delay the side effects of treatment. If there are signs your cancer may be growing, you’ll be offered treatment that aims to cure your cancer.
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