Active surveillance as a treatment option for prostate cancer.


Journal Article

OBJECTIVES: To discuss the evolution of active surveillance (AS) as a treatment option for men with prostate cancer, the recommended optimum monitoring protocols, and the experience of men undergoing AS. DATA SOURCES: CINAHL and PubMed; limited to the years 2001-2011. CONCLUSION: The widespread adoption of prostate-specific antigen screening has led to an increase in the numbers of men with a diagnosis of prostate cancer. AS has emerged as a viable treatment option for some of these men. Such surveillance involves the careful monitoring for signs of cancer progression and selected delayed curative therapy. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: The nurse has an important role in supporting men on the AS journey.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hegarty, J; Bailey, DE

Published Date

  • November 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 260 - 266

PubMed ID

  • 22018405

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22018405

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1878-3449

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0749-2081

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.soncn.2011.07.004


  • eng