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Observation of Prostate Cancer Safe, Saves $$$
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Observation topped initial treatment for low-risk prostate cancer in terms of cost and effectiveness, according to a decision-analysis study.

Both active surveillance and watchful waiting proved more effective and less expensive than immediate treatment. In a comparison of the two observation strategies, watchful waiting added 2 months of quality-adjusted life expectancy and saved $11,000 to $15,000 versus active surveillance, depending on the patient’s age.