Psychosocial aspects of active surveillance.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Purpose of review

To summarize the literature on psychosocial responses to active surveillance as well as educational and support strategies to promote adherence.

Recent findings

There are two prevalent responses among men undergoing active surveillance; anxiety and uncertainty. The education of a patient about low-risk prostate cancer as well as the inquiry by the physician into patient's priorities and goals with respect to their prostate cancer diagnosis provide opportunities to facilitate a collaborative relationship between the physician and the patient. Supplemental support services for men undergoing active surveillance, including support groups and Internet-based interventions continue to be researched in relation to their role in promoting adherence to active surveillance.


Active surveillance continues to remain a highly valued management approach for men with early stage prostate cancer. However, it is suggested that the psychosocial burden of living with prostate cancer plays a substantial role in adherence to active surveillance and outcomes of men with the disease. Effective clinician education and counseling, as well as the referral for supplemental support services must be implemented and documented in future research studies and clinical practice.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kazer, MW; Psutka, SP; Latini, DM; Bailey, DE

Published Date

  • May 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 273 - 277

PubMed ID

  • 23422588

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1473-6586

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0963-0643

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/mou.0b013e32835eff24


  • eng