Worried while on active surveillance

For some tāne, active surveillance is the best option but it doesn’t come without stresses or worries. For many tāne, just knowing that the cancer is there can be tough, and it might weigh heavily on their minds.

Having concerns
is normal

Understand that being anxious or worried is normal. But remember, doctors only recommend active surveillance when the cancer is growing slowly and doesn’t need aggressive treatment right away. This also avoids problems that other treatments can bring.

If you’re concerned about being on active surveillance talk to your doctor, care team or hauora provider. If you’re still concerned, you have the right to seek a second opinion. Find out more about your rights on the Health and Disability Commissioner website.

Going from active surveillance
to active treatment

If, at some point, tests indicate that cancer needs more aggressive treatment, your doctor will discuss your treatment options with you. General treatment options may include surgery or radiation therapy (radiotherapy) with hormone therapy, or possibly even newer treatments. The best path forward will depend on your type of cancer, current health and other factors.

A healthy
lifestyle is key

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very important and has been shown to slow prostate cancer from growing. Take some time to look through our healthy eating and exercise tips for small steps that make a big difference.

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Now that you've read up on Worried while on active surveillance, here are some related articles to explore as you continue to build your knowledge and understanding of this topic.
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