Posted: Dec 1, 2010 9:53 AM by Bea Karnes
For some patients with prostate cancer, going without treatment may be the best option.
Researchers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston say 90-percent of men diagnosed with low-risk, localized prostate cancer have some kind of treatment, like surgery or radiation. But they say up to 60-percent may not require any kind of intervention because their cancer is unlikely to grow or spread quickly.
The study found that simply keeping a close watch on those tumors led to a better quality of life for patients. But experts say doctors should be actively involved in watching the tumors for any change.
The study led by researchers at the Dana-Farber and Harvard Medical School. It was published in the December 1, 2010 issue of JAMA.
For up-to-date information on cancer treatments, contact the Dorcy Cancer Center at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo.