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How is a prostate biopsy done?

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A prostate biopsy is a simple, 10-minute procedure. He puts a needle through the wall of your rectum and into the prostate to take the cells for testing. Doctors usually take a dozen samples from various parts of the prostate.

The biopsy usually causes only brief discomfort. You may notice some blood in your pee and there could be some light bleeding from your bottom. There can also be blood in your semen. This can last for several weeks.

The sample will be sent to a lab, where they’ll be looked at under a microscope. It takes 3 days or so to get results back.

From: What Is a Prostate Biopsy? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Tests for Prostate Cancer; Key Statistics for Prostate Cancer;” “Surgery for Prostate Cancer;” “Treating Prostate Cancer; Cryotherapy for Prostate Cancer.”

Mayo Clinic: “Prostate cancer.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Prostate Cancer: Basics.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 29, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Tests for Prostate Cancer; Key Statistics for Prostate Cancer;” “Surgery for Prostate Cancer;” “Treating Prostate Cancer; Cryotherapy for Prostate Cancer.”

Mayo Clinic: “Prostate cancer.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Prostate Cancer: Basics.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 29, 2019

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