This blog is intended for men who are considering active surveillance or have already adopted active surveillance as a management plan for their localized low-grade, low-risk prostate cancer. The information presented here should enable some men to become more knowledgeable about their options and to make more informed choices while managing their prostate cancer. However, this educational information is not to be considered medical advice. Each patient should always consult with his own doctor(s) to determine the best approach or treatment(s) for his individual case. The main features of this site are outlined below.
For those men who, at this time, would like to learn directly from a physician who is a prostate cancer specialist and to learn directly from patients who have participated in active surveillance regimens for years, this site also provides a 44-minute VIDEO, The Patients’ Guide to Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer.
INTERVIEWS (Patients and Care-Givers)
Learn from the years of experience of Active Surveillance patients as well as care-givers who share their personal insights in INTERVIEWS.The interviews provide discussions of the process of comparing options and selecting Active Surveillance, altering diet, exercise, PSA and Gleason scores, biopsies, additional tests and measures, and finding the right doctor. Some patients discuss researching treatment options ahead of time and selecting a treatment to be fully prepared if disease progression occurred.
SURVEILLANCE (Monitoring PCa)
Prior to starting a regimen of Active Surveillance, men are normally informed by their doctor that there is a very small chance their cancer could escape the prostate gland during Active Surveillance. Understandably, this small risk concerns patients, significant others as well as doctors. This SURVEILLANCE page provides discussion by patients, advocates, doctors, and medical reporters about the vigilant monitoring of low-grade, low-risk prostate cancer.
PROGRAMS (Find A Doctor)
This feature lists medical practices that offer Active Surveillance programs. Some of these programs may involve a larger number of patients, and some programs are smaller. The inclusion criteria, tests and frequency of monitoring may vary. Additional locations for Active Surveillance PROGRAMS will be added. If you would like to recommend a doctor or a program along with your comments, let us know via our contact page so that we can post the info.
(News Clips – Useful Info)
While patients are following a course of Active Surveillance, medical science will be making advances in the testing and treatment for prostate cancer that will be of likely benefit in the future. Since reports are issued frequently on new research findings and newly-developed methods of testing for disease progression, these NEWS stories enable the reader to become more informed about the new testing and treatment options that are becoming available.