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

Movember Foundation 2018

Movember 2018

The Movember Foundation's fundraiser runs from November 1 to 30.  Click here to donate to The Vancouver Prostate Centre team as we join teams across Canada to raise funds for men's health research in the areas of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Employment

Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

An innovative new study advances personalized medicine for prostate cancer patients

Drs Chi and Wyatt
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Three researchers receive Prostate Cancer Canada & Movember Foundation grants for biomarker development