Men Who 'Monitor' Their Prostate Cancers Have High Quality of Life

“Men who decide with their doctors to keep a close eye on their prostate cancer – instead of treating it right away – tend to have physical and mental wellbeing equal to or better than men who opt for immediate treatment, suggests a new analysis.

“Additionally, the men who decided to track their cancers in a process known as “active surveillance” did not appear to suffer added emotional stress, researchers found.

” ‘The men in our study did not appear to suffer from any major negative psychological impacts, including anxiety and depression,’ said Dr. Lara Bellardita, the study’s lead author from the IRCCS Foundation’s National Cancer Institute in Milan, Italy.

“Prostate cancer usually grows very slowly. Men often opt for active surveillance to avoid or delay the side effects that can come with treatment, such as erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, and gastrointestinal problems, said Bellardita.

” ‘These slow growing tumors do not necessarily need aggressive local treatment and can be safely followed with active surveillance,’ said Dr. Marc A. Dall’Era, who wasn’t involved with the new study but is a urologist at the University of California, Davis.”