David F. Penson, MD, MPH | Authors

Active Surveillance: Not Your Father’s Watchful Waiting

October 13, 2009

Active surveillance is becoming a very reasonable and appropriate “treatment” strategy for men with low-risk localized prostate cancer, as Large and Eggener eloquently describe in this review article. It is important to recognize that active surveillance is not what was once referred to as “watchful waiting,” which I believe many patients interpret as “watching and waiting to die.