SIMPLY WATCHING PROSTATE CANCER WORKS FOR MANY MEN, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
If youíve been diagnosed with prostate cancer you need immediate treatment, donít you? Not according to a recent study by Ballantine Carter and colleagues at Johns Hopkins. In a selected group of men with early prostate cancer who were actively followed for several years, turns out monitoring and not treating immediately works just fine.
CARTER: What weíre reporting on here are over 700 men whose results are extremely favorable in terms of avoiding treatment. There were no deaths from prostate cancer in the program. About 4% per year were found on follow up biopsy to have disease which we thought could potentially harm them. The program then is designed to first identify men and then to monitor them very very carefully so that if treatment is necessary it occurs during a window of curability. :30
Carter says many men should consider active surveillance as an option. At Johns Hopkins, Iím Elizabeth Tracey.