Options for low-risk prostate cancer – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Approximately 90 percent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer receive immediate treatment, such as surgery or radiation therapy. Dr. Patricia Ganz at UCLA explains why.
Ganz: If you are told you have cancer and the part of the body that's involved can be removed or treated effectively with some local treatment, you want to have it taken care of immediately. In fact, you would have liked to have had it done yesterday.
Narrator: But as a panel chair at NIH, she says more men should be offered the option of active surveillance, meaning observation with intent to cure. For more details on these recommendations, visit the website consensus.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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