NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Prostate Cancer - page 20

NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Prostate Cancer
Version 1.2014
Part 3: Treatment planning
Most prostate cancers diagnosed in America are found
using PSA and are slow growing. Their growth rate can
be estimated using changes in PSA and a growing world-
wide approach of “watching” prostate cancer. Thus, you
and your doctor should begin talking about prostate
cancer by comparing your life expectancy versus the
threat to you by the prostate cancer.
3.2 Risk assessment
To plan the best treatment for you, your doctors will like
to know:
• If and how far the cancer has spread,
• How fast the cancer will grow,
Figure 6. Examples of life expectancy by age and health
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