Watchful waiting after PSA tests? No worries

Patients managed conservatively don't appear any more anxious or depressed.

Concerns that men whose prostate cancer is treated conservatively may be left anxious and depressed have been mostly allayed by a 10-year follow-up study.

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Australian researchers found men assigned to watchful waiting or active surveillance for low-risk prostate cancers did not have poorer overall mental health than men who had active treatment.

Despite initially causing some distress to patients with low-risk prostate cancer, the study of 341 men interviewed

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