Active surveillance may be appropriate for you if:

  • The cancer is detected early, while it's still small and limited to one area of your prostate.
  • Your Gleason score is low (usually between 2 and 5), which indicates a less aggressive, slower growing (indolent) form of cancer.
  • You have other advanced health problems, such as severe heart disease, that limit your life expectancy and that could potentially be made worse by treatment of prostate cancer.
  • You're older, making it less likely that more aggressive prostate cancer treatment will extend your life expectancy. (It's difficult to give an exact age at which active surveillance is appropriate, though. Talk to your doctor about what's right in your situation.)
Feb. 09, 2011