NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,359 terms related to cancer and medicine.
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- watchful waiting
- listen (WACH-ful WAY-ting)
- Closely watching a patient’s condition but not giving treatment unless symptoms appear or change. Watchful waiting is sometimes used in conditions that progress slowly. It is also used when the risks of treatment are greater than the possible benefits. During watchful waiting, patients may be given certain tests and exams. Watchful waiting is sometimes used in prostate cancer. It is a type of expectant management.