Prostate Cancer Surveillance

Dr. Larry Goldenberg, CM, OBC, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FCAHS, discusses active surveillance.

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Dr. Larry Goldenberg, CM, OBC, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FCAHS, discusses active surveillance.
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Featuring Dr. Larry Goldenberg, CM, OBC, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FCAHS, DABU

Duration: 1 minute, 18 seconds

Prostate cancer is a funny disease, it can present in many different ways and it's different from one man to another.

Some prostate cancers grow very, very slowly, others grow more aggressively and in fact some can be killers.

If you have a low risk type of prostate cancer, the classic treatments are either surgical to remove the entire prostate or radiation, either externally or by implanting radioactive seeds into the prostate.

These are both excellent prostate cancer treatments but they do have potential for long term complications related to the urinary tract and sexual function. If you want to avoid those active surveillance has the advantage of no complications.

Active surveillance means we're watching you but we're watching you in an active way so you're getting a lot of blood testing, regular chekups and repeat biopsies to make sure that the cancer doesn't change and become more aggressive.

So it is so critically important if you choose to have active surveillance as your treatment, to understand that you might only be delaying your treatment. So you have to go for your follow-up visits.

If you're interested in active surveillance be sure to ask your urologist or your family doctor for more information.

Presenter: Dr. Larry Goldenberg, Oncologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Oncologist

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