More men with low-risk prostate cancer are forgoing aggressive treatment, new study suggests
American doctors are successfully persuading increasing numbers of men with low-risk prostate cancer to reject immediate surgery and radiation in favor of surveillance, a trend that is sparing men’s sexual health without increasing their risk of death.
The latest evidence of the long-term trend came in a large study published Tuesday that involved more than 125,000 veterans diagnosed with nonaggressive prostate cancer between 2005 and 2015. Researchers found that in 2005, only 27 percent of men under 65 chose to forgo immediate therapy and instead signed up for “watchful waiting” or “active surveillance” to keep track of the tumor. By 2015, the situation had flipped — 72 percent rejected immediate surgery or radiation in favor of such monitoring. The