Yes. It’s definitely treatable and will be successful treated. Of course the concern with treatment – there are potential very long-term detrimental side effects. One’s life could be potentially ruined after treating prostate cancer. We strongly argue that for patients with low-risk and very low-risk prostate cancer’s it’s very safe to NOT treat and monitor very carefully. That is called active surveillance. There was a study in Europe called the PROTECT trial published by the NEJM. www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1606220
It was a very large study were they randomized over 1500 patients into three groups: Active surveillance, surgery, and radiation and they followed them over a period of 10 years. What they found was very amazing – the overall survival likelihood of all three groups was the same. In other words, you have the same risk of dying, even if you did nothing vs. surgery vs. radiation. Active surveillance means “do nothing.” Of course active surveillance means monitor regularly with your doctor and no need to treat it, until the cancer shows some characteristics that it’s time to do some treatment.