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Active surveillance for low-risk prostate cancer may offer better quality-of-life
Date:11/30/2010

entify those that will not progresswill help patients and physicians to accept this approach. Concurrent advances in imaging are on the cusp of clinical use; through these techniques, noninvasive identification of prostatic lesions consistent with high-grade tumors may soon be possible along with image-directed biopsy to replace the current technique of random biopsy. Ultimately, this approach will direct toward surgery or radiation more patients for whom therapy may be beneficial and will provide reassurance to physicians and their patients with low-risk tumors that treatment may be deferred until and unless needed. Until such information is available, the study by Hayes et al gives support to active surveillance, for many men, as a viable option."

(JAMA. 2010;304[21]:2411-2412. Available pre-embargo to the media at www.jamamedia.org)

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