Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer

This information is useful for adults and older adults

Active surveillance—monitoring the cancer's growth and delaying treatment until needed—is sometimes the best course of treatment for men who have been diagnosed with a low-grade prostate cancer. Low-grade prostate cancer may be monitored with active surveillance, rather than treating it aggressively, because there are cancers that don’t need treatment. 

In addition, men are more likely to have problems from the treatment than from a low-grade prostate cancer, which  can affect both urinary and sexual functions. In this video, Yale Medicine's Peter Schulam, MD, chief of Urology, explains the active surveillance approach in detail.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.