Active Surveillance | Watchful Waiting FAQs

What if I choose not to treat my prostate cancer?

Some men opt for Active Surveillance or Watchful Waiting instead of taking action to treat their prostate cancer. Cancer treatment is a very complex and personal decision that should be based on individual beliefs, family support, and expert physician guidance. Your age and overall medical status should be a factor in your decision, as well.

 How do Active Surveillance and Watchful Waiting work?

Though slightly nuanced, both options are essentially the decision not to treat prostate cancer. They involved frequent screening regimens to monitor the disease’s status and progression in the body. Some men choose to simply postpone treatment until tests indicate that it may be advancing, while others choose not to treat it at all.

 Is if very risky to postpone prostate cancer treatment?

Prostate cancer is called a silent killer for a reason. It can advance very quickly and without warning. On the other hand, some prostate cancer never advances and those men may eventually succumb to any number of other medical or age-related conditions before their prostate cancer is ever a problem. Older men may have more pressing medical conditions that require treatment before addressing the prostate cancer.

The challenge is that today’s diagnostics do not allow us to say with any certainty what the speed or severity of your prostate cancer will ultimately be. Keep in mind that delaying prostate cancer treatment can also take an emotional toll on men and their families, as they can be filled with worry about the disease’s status.

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* The benefits of robotic surgery cannot be guaranteed as surgery is both patient and procedure specific. Previous surgical results do not guarantee future outcomes.



Testimonials
Martin K,

Earlier this year I was given the devastating news that I had prostate cancer.  I was diagnosed after a routine company medical, followed by a Biopsy.  From that day and during the following weeks I researched the subject to try and find a subtitle course of treatment...

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MvR, Netherlands

Na de schok van de kanker diagnose, was de volgende stap om de beste doctor te vinden om de prostaat te verwijderen. Ik kwam bij Dr Samadi terecht en die ving me goed op met ondersteuning van uiterst bekwame en zorgzame leden van zijn ploeg. De operatie zelf is kennelijk geheel volgens plan verlopen en de uitkomst is...

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A. B., Romania

 “On post-op day 10, my father went to the US Tennis Open by himself and on day 12, he took a transatlantic flight home to Romania. One and two months after surgery, his PSA was 0..”

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M. M., New York, USA

"My surgery consisted of arriving at the hospital on Monday morning, surgery shortly after and going home the next day. I could not believe how good I felt".

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