Prostate Cancer: Opting Out Of Treatment


(WJAR) More men diagnosed with prostate cancer are choosing not to be treated.

These are men who are considered at low risk for their cancer to progress.

At the Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island they have a team dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

For those diagnosed with more aggressive cancer, there are many new options.

“All the treatments have become better, more specific,” said Dr. Dragan Golijanan, who is a urology specialist at the hospital and part of the minimally invasive urology institute there.

Golijanan said there’s a group of men considered low risk who are refusing treatment. They’re opting for something called, “active surveillance.”

“Active surveillance is when you put somebody with prostate cancer on a scheduled, very strict follow-up,” he said.

Golijanan said that includes repeated rectal exams and PSA blood tests. MRI’s are also being used to determine if and when another biopsy is needed.

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