Active Surveillance

Use the resources available here as a guide to help you gain knowledge about active surveillance before speaking with your doctor or health care practitioner.

Resource Type
Active Surveillance Treatment
Prostate Cancer Foundation
Determine if Active Surveillance suits you depending on your particular form of prostate cancer, age and general health, and the criteria used to select men for active surveillance programs from hospital to hospital.
Active Surveillance
Active surveillance is a way to monitor a slow-growing prostate cancer instead of treating it immediately. The goal is to avoid unnecessary treatments or delay treatment and its possible side effects.
Prostate Cancer Treatment: Active Surveillance
True North
Those with localized prostate cancer with a very low risk of increasing or spreading may be offered active surveillance. This means that your healthcare team watches the cancer closely rather than giving treatment right away.
Prostate Cancer: Watchful Waiting vs. Active Surveillance
Compass Oncology
Learn the difference between watchful waiting and active surveillance. This article explores the pros and cons of each. Watchful waiting is a hands-off approach, meaning it won't require many tests as opposed to active surveillance.
Prostate Cancer: Should I Choose Active Surveillance?
Health Alberta
This is an excellent resource for determining if active surveillance is the right option for you. Learn the facts, view your treatment options and weigh the pros and cons. *Published in May 2022
Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer
Canadian Cancer Society
Active surveillance allows your doctor to closely monitor prostate cancer without putting you through aggressive treatment. Through regular testing, doctors look out for cancer growth and symptoms. *Published February 2021
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