What does it mean if my doctor is recommending active surveillance for my prostate cancer?

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MattCooperbergMD (Physician - Urology (Verified) ) - 02 / 06 / 2013

It means that based on the information available, the likelihood of cancer progressing in the short-term, while not zero, appears to be very low. Remember that active surveillance does not mean the cancer will never need to be treated, but rather that it does not need treatment now. The window of opportunity for curing low risk prostate cancer is measurable in years in most cases, if not decades. In the meantime, men can avoid the risks and costs of surgery, radiation therapy, and other interventions.
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