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Watchful Waiting Works for Older Men With Prostate Cancer
Date:9/15/2009

ressively," he said.

More definitive information about watchful waiting versus treatment of prostate cancers is expected from a study recently started in Canada and now being done in medical centers there and in the United States, Greenberg said. But results of that study are not expected for at least 10 years, he noted, and meanwhile men and their doctors need to make treatment decisions based on each man's characteristics.

"We need to individualize these decisions, even in the elderly," Sanda said.

More information

Learn about prostate cancer from the U.S. National Cancer Institute.



SOURCES: Grace L. Lu-Yao, M.D., associate professor, medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Piscataway, N.J.; Richard Greenberg, M.D., chief, urology surgery, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia; Martin Sanda, director, prostate cancer center, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston; Sept. 16, 2009, Journal of the American Medical Association


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