Prostate cancer: active surveillance as a management option

Yaxley, Julian, Yaxley, John, Gardiner, Robert and Yaxley, William (2013) Prostate cancer: active surveillance as a management option. Australian Family Physician, 42 1: 74-76.

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Author Yaxley, Julian
Yaxley, John
Gardiner, Robert
Yaxley, William
Title Prostate cancer: active surveillance as a management option
Journal name Australian Family Physician   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-8495
Publication date 2013
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 42
Issue 1
Start page 74
End page 76
Total pages 3
Place of publication South Melbourne, VIC Australia
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 2714 Family Practice
Formatted abstract
Active surveillance, followed by delayed definitive treatment for those who develop evidence of significant cancer progression, is now a recognised management strategy for selected men with low risk prostate cancer.

This article summarises the role of active surveillance in the management of prostate cancer. It outlines the benefits of active surveillance and the indications for proceeding with curative treatments if required.

A considerable proportion of men with low grade prostate cancer on biopsy may never progress to higher stage disease or develop symptoms from their cancers.  These patients are suitable for active surveillance under the care of a urologist.
Active surveillance involves initial stringent observation of the prostate cancer, with inclusion of monitoring biopsies rather than immediate active treatment in the form of surgery or radiotherapy. With careful selection, about 70% of men
will not require any intervention for at least 5 years. Men with low grade disease should be offered active surveillance as a treatment option and provided with information about the risks and benefits of this approach.
Keyword Active surveillance
Prostatic neoplasms/management
Watchful waiting
Q-Index Code CX
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