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

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

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

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