If your prostate cancer is determined to be less aggressive, you and your doctor may choose to proceed with active surveillance rather than active treatment.
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What is active surveillance?
Active surveillance involves closely monitoring your cancer, but delaying any treatment action unless there are changes that show the disease is getting worse.
If you and your doctor agree that active surveillance is the best path for you, your doctor will check you regularly (for example, every 3 to 6 months, at first), which may include follow-up blood tests and rectal exams.
After about a year, your doctor may also order another prostate biopsy to check for any significant changes, and reevaluate your treatment path if necessary.
How can ProMark® help?
You and your doctor may choose to run ProMark as a follow-up to your prostate biopsy analysis where your biopsy result was positive/malignant with a Gleason Score of 3+3 or 3+4. If you have a lower ProMark Score, indicating your prostate cancer seems to be growing slowly (is non-aggressive), your doctor may choose to proceed with active surveillance as your course of treatment, rather than a more invasive treatment which may bring unpleasant side effects.
Talk to your doctor about ProMark today.