Active Surveillance or Another Prostate Cancer Treatment? Choices Linked to Quality of Life

Active Surveillance or Another Prostate Cancer Treatment? Choices Linked to Quality of Life
Active surveillance of low-risk prostate cancer is as good as treating it in many cases, and spares patients such distressing treatment side effects as sexual-functioning problems, according to a study on the quality of life impact of various treatments. Surgery, although performed with robotic techniques designed to limit prostate damage, is associated with sexual side

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3 comments

  1. Lawrence Glickman says:

    “The American Society of Clinical Oncology has endorsed active surveillance as an appropriate option for most men with low-risk prostate cancer.” There are a flood of articles suggesting that “Active Surveillance” meaning doing nothing is a good idea and I’m here to tell you that this approach is nothing more than “Russian Roulette” for one simple and overriding fact. Not one of these doctors or researchers can promise that during this period of doing nothing metastases will not occur spreading the cancer to bones or another organ. This is insane especially when new focal (localized treatments) are now available that have excellent quality of life profiles such as “Cyber Knife” “Tookad” “Hifu” “Laser” and “local cryo”. The sexual function issues for early stage cancers are now showing fewer and fewer problems and each patient should be warned that many Doctors tend to offer treatments that they are familiar with and that is often out of date advice. Late treatment resulted in my father’s death and early treatment cured my brother.

  2. Chris O'Neill says:

    Surgery, although performed with robotic techniques designed to limit prostate damage

    Robotic techniques have nothing to do with being designed to limit prostate damage or damage to nerves attached to the prostate. They are simply designed to minimise the size of the surgical wound in the abdominal wall.

  3. Ken says:

    Is the article insinuating a recommendation to choose Active Surveillance instead of treatment? Or is it suggesting that if one chooses radiation or brachytherapy, the side effects are about equal to AS, so you might as well get this treatment (since the treatment should get rid of the cancer, and with AS one still has the cancer)?

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