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What is a prostate biopsy?

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A biopsy is a tissue sample that’s examined under a microscope. During a prostate biopsy, a doctor will take multiple needle biopsies at once from the prostate gland. To reach the prostate, a doctor will insert a probe into the rectum.

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Dictionary of Cancer Terms."

Zuber, T. , March 15, 2002. American Family Physician

WebMD Medical Reference: "Breast Biopsy."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Kidney Biopsy."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 30, 2017

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Dictionary of Cancer Terms."

Zuber, T. , March 15, 2002. American Family Physician

WebMD Medical Reference: "Breast Biopsy."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Kidney Biopsy."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 30, 2017

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