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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A prostate biopsy is a procedure to remove samples of tissue from your prostate gland. The prostate is a male sex gland that makes fluid found in semen. It is located just below the bladder. After the samples are removed, they are sent to a lab and tested for cancer.
Seek care immediately if:
- You have heavy bleeding from your rectum.
- You urinate very little or not at all.
- You have pain from your procedure that gets worse, even after you take pain medicine.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever or chills.
- You feel pain or burning when you urinate.
- Your urine is cloudy or smells bad.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
- Medicines can help decrease pain. You may need medicine to prevent or treat a bacterial infection. Ask how to take pain medicine safely.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider or urologist as directed:
You may need to return for more tests or procedures. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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