NewsmaxHealth has a brief piece out on Watching and Waiting. And I do mean brief -- just a few paragraphs long, written by a survivor of an aggressive Leukemia (not someone who watched and waited herself). This isn't a research article -- I've declared a moratorium on them, and refuse to write about any of those "Is Watch and Wait legitimate?" articles until I see some definitive evidence one way or the other, and that's not happening any time soon.
No, this brief article is a really basic introduction to what W & W is, based on the idea that most of us (probably including that of us who watched and waited) think of cancer as an emergency that needs to be taken care of right away. But, of course, not all cancers are like that, including, of course, Follicular Lymphoma. Some of them don't require immediate treatment.
And that really throws people -- not only patients, but family and friends, too. I had lots of people who questioned the decision, wondering if this was really the right thing to do. It took me a while to rally accept that it was, so I don't blame them for thinking that way. I know that were just worried about me.
One quote from the article is especially important:
“Watchful waiting should be considered an
active strategy, as close monitoring can give you reassurance that your
cancer is stable, and not aggressively growing. If a cancer is found to
be progressing during the monitoring stage, then additional treatment
strategies can be started.”