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LOW RISK PROSTATE CANCER

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE FOR MEN WITH LOW RISK PROSTATE CANCER?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Active surveillance, watchful waiting.  By whatever term, the strategy of keeping a careful eye on men who have been diagnosed with early stage, low risk prostate cancer got another boost in a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Arthur Burnett, a prostate cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, comments.

BURNETT:  This is an article that I think substantiates much of what we have known and expressed I think that while there are dilemmas out there in diagnosing and managing prostate cancer, particularly for me with low risk disease, and we struggle to counsel men about what to do, there is a role for men to be followed closely with a monitoring program called active surveillance, and that may be well considered as really a mode of intervention, rather than intervening with a treatment.   :26

Burnett emphasizes that this study also attempted to factor in quality of life issues such as sexual dysfunction  among all study subjects.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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