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Active Surveillance Underused in Prostate Cancer Patients Who Want to Preserve Sexual Function

Jason Harris
Published: Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017

Dr Ronald C. Chen

Ronald C. Chen, MD, MPH
Most men with low-risk prostate cancer said in a recent survey that preserving sexual function was important to them; however, researchers with the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center found that those with a preference for preserving sexual function were not necessarily more likely to receive active surveillance, the best strategy to preserve sexual function.

“Active surveillance is widely recognized to be an excellent option for patients diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer, because it is the best option to preserve the patient's quality of life, including sexual function,” Chen said. “Some patients with prostate cancer may initially want aggressive treatment, and it is important for the physician, urologist, and radiation oncologist to fully counsel patients about the slow-growing nature of low-risk prostate cancer and that active surveillance is a safe option.”
Broughman JR, Basak R, Nielsen ME, et al. Prostate cancer patient characteristics associated with a strong preference to preserve sexual function and receipt of active surveillance [published online October 16, 2017]. J Natl Cancer Inst. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djx218.

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