Prostate cancer treatments can be avoided or delayed in many cases, large study finds

According to a decades-long study, many men with prostate cancer can delay or skip harsh treatments, such as surgery or radiation, without compromising their chances of survival.

Instead, their cancer may be “actively monitored” after diagnosis, rather than having their prostate removed or exposed to high-energy radiation. Such treatments can cause lasting side effects, such as urinary leakage, erectile dysfunction and other problems with urinary, bowel and sexual function.

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