During active surveillance at the Princess Margaret the progression of your cancer is monitored through a series of screening tests performed on a regular basis. These tests include:
These tests are performed in order to monitor the progression of the cancer and determine if more invasive treatment methods are required to control it.
For more information about the tests listed above, visit the Diagnosing Cancer section.
The point of active surveillance is to monitor men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer and to determine when and if patients should ever be treated. Some cases of prostate cancer progress so slowly that they never require treatment. In other cases, there may come a point during active surveillance when a more invasive treatment will be recommended by your doctor. Each case is different, and your doctor will help you understand your options.
Men undergoing active surveillance often wonder what else they can be doing in terms of lifestyle changes to help prevent the progression of their disease. The Prostate Centre offers a nutrition and exercise booklet that can provide guidelines for healthy living with prostate cancer including recipes and recommended exercises you can do at home. Also, the Prostate Cancer Foundation has a published a book highlighting the science behind healthy prostate nutrition and exercise with guidelines for a healthy lifestyle with prostate cancer.
You can download these guides here:
A publication from the survivorship researchers at The Prostate Centre.
From the Prostate Cancer Foundation