Decision aid: Treatment options for low-risk prostate cancer

Men who have low-risk prostate cancer can take their time to weigh the pros and cons of the various treatment options.

Various factors will influence the decision, including the pros and cons of the different treatment options, and individual factors such as his age and how healthy he is overall. It's best to discuss the pros and cons of the possible treatments with your doctors. It can be helpful to use a decision aid too.

You can download and print our decision aid here:

Low-risk prostate cancer: What options do I have?

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IQWiG health information is written with the aim of helping people understand the advantages and disadvantages of the main treatment options and health care services.

Because IQWiG is a German institute, some of the information provided here is specific to the German health care system. The suitability of any of the described options in an individual case can be determined by talking to a doctor. informedhealth.org can provide support for talks with doctors and other medical professionals, but cannot replace them. We do not offer individual consultations.

Our information is based on the results of good-quality studies. It is written by a team of health care professionals, scientists and editors, and reviewed by external experts. You can find a detailed description of how our health information is produced and updated in our methods.

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Created on March 12, 2020
Next planned update: 2023

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Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG, Germany)

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