Monitoring prostate cancer

Monitoring prostate cancer may include active surveillance or watchful waiting.

  • Active surveillance

    Active surveillance is a way of carefully monitoring the progression of a prostate cancer.

  • Watchful waiting

    Watchful waiting is usually offered to older men who have a slow-growing prostate cancer that's unlikely to affect their natural life span.

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Making treatment decisions

Your doctors may tell you there are different options for your treatment. It can be difficult to make a decision, but information and support will help.

Other treatments

Find out about current research into treatments for prostate cancer.


Some men might be offered surgery to treat early prostate cancer.


Radiotherapy for early prostate cancer is usually given from an external machine (external beam radiotherapy).

Hormonal therapies

Hormonal therapy may be given on its own as a treatment for men who aren't fit enough for surgery or radiotherapy.

Clinical trials

Many people are offered a trial as part of treatment. Find out more to help you decide if a trial is right for you.

After treatment

Find out what to expect when treatment for prostate cancer is completed.