Expert Video - What is watchful waiting for prostate cancer? What is active surveillance?

Dr. Jean Bonhomme, MD, MPH, an expert in men's health, provides an overview of watchful waiting, also called active surveillance, for prostate cancer. He explains that low-grade prostate cancer might not need treatment right away, and for some, it may never need to be treated. In such instances, doctors may recommend active surveillance with regular follow-up tests to monitor the progression of the tumor. If the tumor is progressing surgery or radiation may be required. Dr. Bonhomme also discusses other factors that may lead doctors to recommend active surveillance.

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