What is Watchful Waiting?
Watchful waiting is a less involved system of monitoring the cancer without treating it. It does not involve regular biopsies or other active surveillance tools. It is best for men with prostate cancer who do not want or cannot have therapy. It is also good for men who have other medical conditions that would interfere with more aggressive forms of treatment.
What are the Benefits, Risks and Side Effects of Watchful Waiting?
The main benefit of the watchful waiting treatment is that there are no treatment-related risks, complications or side effects. Also, it is low cost.
The risk of watchful waiting is that the cancer could grow and spread between follow-up visits. This makes it harder to treat over time.
Updated August 2018