Active surveillance is an approach to cancer which involves monitoring a patient’s condition without medical intervention or treatment, unless a change in the condition is observed. It’s usually recommended when a cancer is small, slow-growing and causing few (if any) symptoms, or if it’s confined to the prostate.
During active surveillance, it’s important to remain attentive to your health and keep vigilant regarding changes occurring in your body. Ensure your lifestyle choices continue to be as healthy as possible; it can also help to establish a good relationship with your doctor as you navigate long term check-ups and consultations.
Active surveillance is often recommended for prostate cancer patients (especially older patients, or patients with other health problems) because it’s usually a slow-growing cancer type, without problematic symptoms. Cancer Fund Support Centres provide a range of programmes specific to prostate cancer-through our ‘Going Through’ project which supports patients and their family members. These include:
Peer Support Groups
Marital Enrichment Programmes
Symptom Control Programmes
Individual Counselling with social workers, clinical psychologists and sex therapists
Tel: (852) 3656 0800