It’s called “Active surveillance” and it’s when men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer don’t receive treatment but are just monitored.
The process involves:
- Close monitoring of small, slow-growing prostate cancer with relatively normal-looking cells (as determined by your biopsy results);
- May be appropriate if you are an older man who may be more likely to develop other (age-related) conditions that may have a greater impact on your health;
- Doesn’t involve invasive procedures
- Doesn’t involve drugs
- No side effects
Dr. Klotz was named to the Order of Canada for his pioneering work in the approach of Active Surveillance with Selective Selective Delayed Intervention — a term developed by him, with the emphasis on close monitoring for men with low-risk prostate cancer, with selective definitive intervention for those who are diagnosed higher risk over time.
Here is Dr. Klotz with Jeff McArthur.