Active Surveillance

Active surveillance is considered a treatment option if a cancer is not causing any symptoms and is expected to grow slowly. In the past this approach was mainly suggested to elderly men, or men with serious health problems; however, younger men have started to consider this treatment option. Since prostate cancer often spreads very slowly, many men who have the disease may never require treatment. In many men, it is a means of delaying or deferring therapy and potential quality of life changes associated with current treatment options. Typically, patients on an active surveillance program undergo regular PSA measurements and periodic prostate biopsies to ensure that the cancer is not becoming more aggressive. If there is a change in the prostate cancer then the patient can make a decision to undergo active treatment with either surgery or radiation. Approximately 30% of cancers will progress within 5 years. The intent of active surveillance is curative.

A World Class Centre

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has a track record of success that has earned it a reputation as one of the world’s most respected cancer facilities. It is a National Centre of Excellence and a designated Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research.

Events

PCF BC

Ride to Live 2018 and 50-50 Draw: May 27

The West Coast Motorcycle Ride to Live, raising funds for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC, takes place on Sunday May 27, 2018 in Vancouver, Victoria & the Fraser Valley. Follow the links to join a ride or donate to a rider; or to buy a ticket for a 50/50 draw (BC residents only).

Employment

Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Discovery of a promising new medication to block "master key" of cancer growth

Dr. Chris Ong
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Drs. Wyatt and Chi: ctDNA predicts resistance to AR-targeted therapy

VCHRI News article on study of ctDNA predicting resistance to AR-targeted therapy
DNA

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