About Our Program

The Brady Urological Institute has achieved world renown recognition for discoveries that led to improvements in the surgical treatment of prostate cancer.

However, not every man will benefit from treatment since some cancers will never progress to a harmful state.

Researchers at the Brady Urological Institute have a commitment to learn how to identify those men who can safely forego treatment -instead undergoing careful monitoring for any evidence of progression of their disease (active surveillance).

The active surveillance program at the Brady Urological Institute, under the direction of Dr. Ballentine Carter and Dr. Jonathan Epstein, has enrolled more than 1000 men over more than 15 years who are thought to have tumors that can be safely managed without immediate treatment.

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The Johns Hopkins Active Surveillance Program is unique

  • Largest and longest ongoing surveillance study using strict criteria for recruitment
  • Strict recruitment criteria developed at Johns Hopkins
  • Close follow-up of men, with periodic prostate biopsies
  • Collection of blood and urine samples for future studies
  • Multidisciplinary team of dedicated urologists, pathologists, radiologists, statisticians, basic scientists, and clinical coordinators working together to improve patient care through discovery
  • Latest research findings translated into patient care before they become available to the medical community