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Unfortunately this review was not experimental that directly compare between patients were only monitored and others were given surgery – it was just observational review. Therefore, it cannot definitely prove which option is better.
But it provides a real-world look in which watchful-waiting monitoring could also be a better choice, persuading more patients to give this option a chance. But still, the decision of whether or not the treatment is necessary should be based on ‘case-to-case basis’ – remember that each case is unique.
In general, monitoring option is likely to be suggested for some of the following conditions:
- If the cancer is slow growing, not aggressive.
- The cancer symptoms are mild, not serious – or if the cancer doesn’t cause any symptom.
- If the treatment doesn’t improve the prognosis or its benefits don’t outweigh the risks.
Furthermore, this option is likely to be offered for older patients (the group that is most likely to suffer complications from cancer treatment such as surgery). But for younger patients, the treatment is usually necessary – especially true if the cancer is aggressive, and if the treatment can improve the cancer outcome or even may cure it (see also the chance to cure kidney cancer in here)!
The cancer treatment is a lot to cope with. The decision of whether or not you will take it is so crucial. For more guidance, talk to someone or doctor who understands the most about your condition!
If you do need to take the treatment, look for any information about the risks of the treatment so you can handle it better. And make sure that your cancer outcome after treatment is better than if you choose monitoring!