Title

Critical Review: Is Watchful Waiting a Viable Management Option for Older Men with Prostate Cancer?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2007

Abstract

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second-leading cause of death from cancer in U.S. men. For older men with early-stage prostate cancer, watchful waiting (also referred to as surveillance, expectant management, deferred/delayed therapy, or active monitoring) is a reasonable approach to aggressive therapy. The purpose of this article is to critically review published studies on the watchful waiting management option for prostate cancer within the past 5 years. The review of documented reports on watchful waiting reveals that there are both negative and positive indications toward watchful waiting. Further research is needed to change the perception of watchful waiting as a “do nothing” approach to the management of prostate cancer or a “death sentence” and to develop interventions that assist men to manage the uncertainty associated with living with prostate cancer to improve health and advance quality of life.

Comments

Copyright 2007 Elsevier

Publication Title

Journal of Men's Health

Published Citation

Bailey, D. E. & Wallace, M. (2007). Critical Review: Is Watchful Waiting a Viable Management Option for Older Men with Prostate Cancer? Journal of Men’s Health.1(1) , 18 - 28.

DOI

10.1177/1557988306294161

Peer Reviewed