Critical review: is watchful waiting a viable management option for older men with prostate cancer?


Journal Article (Review)

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second-leading cause of death from cancer in U.S. men. For older men with early-stage prostate cancer, watchful waiting (also referred to as surveillance, expectant management, deferred/delayed therapy, or active monitoring) is a reasonable approach to aggressive therapy. The purpose of this article is to critically review published studies on the watchful waiting management option for prostate cancer within the past 5 years. The review of documented reports on watchful waiting reveals that there are both negative and positive indications toward watchful waiting. Further research is needed to change the perception of watchful waiting as a "do nothing" approach to the management of prostate cancer or a "death sentence" and to develop interventions that assist men to manage the uncertainty associated with living with prostate cancer to improve health and advance quality of life.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bailey, DE; Wallace, M

Published Date

  • March 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 1 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 18 - 28

PubMed ID

  • 19482780

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19482780

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-9891

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1557-9883

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1557988306294161


  • eng