SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS RADIO) – This year, around 300,000 people are expected to receive a prostate cancer diagnosis. Still, most of those people aren’t expected to develop fatal, or even aggressive disease.
How can they be sure they’re prepared if their cancer does become aggressive? Dr. Matthew Cooperberg of UCSF explained how the “active surveillance” approach is key to treating prostate cancer patients this week on “As Prescribed” with KCBS Radio’s Alice Wertz.
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“Most men in whom we find prostate cancer, the cancer never becomes a problem,” said Cooperberg, a urologic cancer surgeon and co-director of the prostate program at UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.“It never causes symptoms. It never threatens their life. It’s a low risk cancer – and in fact, the most common cause of death for men with prostate cancer overall is cardiac disease, because that’s what kills most men in the United States.”
At the same time, …