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Watchful Waiting

Investigative Options

Some researchers are investigating the use of cryotherapy (destruction of prostate tumor cells by freezing) and microwave therapy (destruction of prostate tumor cells by heat). You may wish to discuss these procedures with your physician.

Watchful Waiting (Expectant Therapy)

For some patients and certain stages of prostate cancer, the recommended treatment may simply be to “watch and wait,” at least in the short term. This means that you won’t receive any immediate therapy. Instead, your doctor will monitor the cancer by performing routine DRE and PSA tests. Watchful waiting may be used when prostate cancer is diagnosed at a very early stage or is not expected to progress quickly enough to begin using therapy. Watchful waiting may also be used if a patient is not expected to tolerate other therapy due to other adverse health conditions.

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