Watchful Waiting in Prostate Cancer: Role of Ethnicity

The retrospective study, conducted at the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, found that watchful waiting among black men with early stage prostate cancer who had undergone surgery, resulted in a more aggressive disease.

Monitoring early stage prostate cancer instead of treating it may not be appropriate for all patients, especially black men, a new study indicates.

According to background information with the study, there is currently controversy among oncologists over the best way to handle early stage prostate cancer, with some experts suggesting that regular monitoring -- known as watchful waiting -- of the disease is the best approach because it avoids overtreatment.

But this new study suggests that watchful waiting may not be suitable for all men with early stage prostate cancer, especially black patients.

"We know that African-American men have more aggressive prostate cancer than Caucasian men," Dr. Kosj Yamoah, chief resident in the department of radiation oncology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, said in a university news release.

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Source: US News