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After Diagnosis: “What Did I Do Wrong?”

Dr. Eli Van Allen Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

It’s quite common for people to want to know exactly why they got cancer and to question whether they did anything to cause it. “We don’t think there’s any one thing that may have caused this,” says Dr. Eli Van Allen, a medical oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, adding that men should not blame themselves for their diagnosis.

His advice once you are diagnosed: exercise.

“No matter what your cancer,” says Dr. Van Allen, “if you exercise, you’re going to do better on average than those who don’t.”


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Dr. Eli Van Allen is a medical oncologist specializing in prostate, bladder, kidney and testicular cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Read More

Treatment: Watching and Waiting

Active surveillance for prostate cancer is a very specific protocol with requirements and guidelines. While this is not ideal for everyone, it may work for certain patients and spare them the side effects of treatment.


What is Active Surveillance?


The Benefits of Active Surveillance

Dr. James Brooks
Stanford Medicine

When Is Active Surveillance Not Enough?

Dr. David Wise
NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center