A prostate biopsy is done by a Urologist. They use a fine needle inserted either through the rectum or through an area of the skin just in front of the rectum to take small samples of the prostate. The samples are sent to the laboratory for testing where they are checked for cancer cells by a pathologist using a microscope.
Benefits of a Prostate Biopsy
Having a prostate biopsy is the best way to find out whether you have prostate cancer and whether the cancer is likely to cause you harm.
Risks of a Prostate Biopsy
The side effects of prostate biopsy can include pain, bleeding and infection during the first few days after a biopsy. These tend to be minor and easily treated. There is a small risk the biopsy will miss the cancer cells.