Glossary » Prostate biopsy
The doctor inserts a needle through the rectum into the prostate to remove small tissue samples from different regions/cores (usually 6-12) of the prostate. The tissue samples are then examined under a microscope to determine whether cancer is present. The patient often can return home the same day the prostate biopsy is performed; hospitalisation is seldom required. However, discomfort, pain and complications such as infection and bleeding may occur.